Mats Sundin a dad?
In an article found in the Nov. 8 edition of the Sporting News, former Maple Leafs defenceman Mathieu Schneider has a warning for Sundin.
Schneider is quoted as saying: "(Sundin's) always kind of maintained that he wanted to play in the East. I think it's the travel.
"He has a young baby now, and it's so much more difficult with the travel in the West. You just feel like you're never at home."
Wait a minute. Rewind that.
Did he say Sundin "has a young baby now?"
Is that why the big Swede didn't start the season? Was it because he wanted to be there for the birth?
Okay, let's be serious for a minute.
According to Sundin's buddy, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, and Sundin's agent, J.P. Barry, there is no truth to the report.
Schneider made "a mistake," Barry said in an e-mail last night.
THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE
Less than 24 hours after his left eye resembled a grapefruit thanks to a Martin Havlat high stick, Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf was glad to see the swelling had subsided, allowing him to play against the Leafs last night.
"It was nice to see it went down overnight," said Phaneuf, who assisted on the Flames' second goal.
Phaneuf, who wears a half-visor, said he would not consider wearing a full face mask.
Meanwhile, the Flames will be without Jim Vandermeer for at least six weeks with a broken leg.
Ten years after he was drafted 206th overall by the Flames, defenceman Jonas Frogren played at the Saddledome for the first time.
Of course, his debut on Calgary ice came in a Maple Leafs jersey.
"I thought about coming to Calgary's rookie camp back then, but I decided I wanted to stay with the (Swedish) national junior team," Frogren said.
Frogren admits he has been forced to adapt to the NHL game in this, his rookie NHL season.
"It is faster than in Sweden," he said.