Mats not making any friends

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Mats Sundin is a lot like Jennifer Aniston -- except that one is a former Friend and the other is a phoney.

Both are free agents with a multitude of suitors.

Now, trying to document all of Aniston's romantic antics is a tough enough challenge, but keeping track of those wishing to woo the Swedish free agent is nigh impossible.

Not all the polls are in, but the latest count has nine NHL teams fishing for Sundin.

(One of those teams is reputedly the Maple Leafs, but Sundin's love of his old team parallels Aniston's affection for Brad Pitt.)

But give Aniston credit for this much: She jumps in with both feet. Sundin? Well, he continues to play hard to get.

Sundin is in Aniston's Hollywood neighbourhood these days. He is either (pick one): On vacation; or skating to get into shape to return to the NHL.

I'm guessing the closest he's getting to hockey is having lunch at Wolfgang Puck's.

I'm also guessing that most of us are tired of the Sundin saga.

I have tried to be nice. I have tried to be patient. But as of now I have reached the point of no return. I pledge that I will watch an Aniston movie before I ever watch Sundin play hockey again.

It has come to this: Sundin is no (yikes) David Schwimmer.

Just a few final points before officially declaring the Swede a non-story and boycotting IKEA and Annika Sorenstam:

On Feb. 23, Sundin said: I've always thought that if you want to win a Stanley Cup you should be there from training camp in order to really feel a part of the team."

On April 9, under a headline that read "Sundin won't make Leafs wait," general manager Cliff Fletcher said: "In our last talk, he acknowledged what July 1 means to us (replacing the captain and top scorer with a free agent). We'll know what his decision is before that." Sundin has shown a lack of respect for his former team and teammates, his fans, and for those teams that have made serious bids to sign him.

Declare your intentions immediately, sir, and set a return date. Or just quit.

STARS STRUCK

Dallas Stars agitator Steve Ott, who was accused of delivering knee-high body checks on the Boston Bruins' Stephane Yelle and Milan Lucic on Saturday, has defended himself.

"I didn't know you weren't allowed to hip check anymore," he said. "Is it a new rule? I didn't see the referee's arm go up. You're allowed to hit."

When challenged by the Bruins, Ott refused to fight.

With him on the team, who needs Sean Avery?


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