Mats back this year?

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

As he trains in Los Angeles, Mats Sundin told the Swedish publication Aftonbladet he might be back in the NHL before New Years.

"It's not impossible that I'll be playing after Christmas sometime ... Otherwise it'll probably be a sabbatical year, where I decide how my work life will look in the time ahead," Sundin said.

Count on him playing.

MATS SPEAKS

Richard Peddie calls it "a travesty."

After being on hand for the Maple Leafs 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames Tuesday, Peddie, the president of Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment Ltd., could only shake his head that the Leafs had not been to the Stampede City in almost three years.

"The Leafs have been very much the champions where we play home and home with all the Canadian teams," Peddie said yesterday. "We thought it was a travesty two years ago when it did not happen.

"Every vote we've had, we've voted for that. Even though the travel might be more expensive, travel is longer and it effects sleep patterns -- some teams make decisions on issues like that -- we want it.

"It's great to be out here and I look forward to seeing the fans in Edmonton and Vancouver as well."

IN DEFENCE OF SCHENN

After going minus-3 Tuesday, rookie defenceman Luke Schenn yesterday said it was not one of his best games.

But coach Ron Wilson is not worried that the kid is being overworked.

"He played his best game Saturday (a 6-3 win over Montreal)," Wilson said. "Sure, he may have struggled (Tuesday) but so did nine or 10 other guys. What's their excuse?"

Schenn, who had more than 30 people in the stands watching him, expects the entourage to be smaller tonight in Edmonton, although his parents definitely will be there.

UP NEXT

The Leafs meet the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place tonight.

It will be Edmonton's first time at home in a couple of weeks, having just returned from a seven-game trip that finished with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Ales Hemsky leads the Oilers with 15 points in 15 games while Sheldon Souray, finally healthy, has 12.

On the injury front, defenceman Ladislav Smid is out with a concussion.

VAN RYN UPDATE

General manager Cliff Fletcher said injured defenceman Mike Van Ry's checkup with neurologist Dr. Karen Johnston yesterday "went OK". Van Ryn has a follow-up session in two weeks.


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