The Maple Leafs hope to sit down face to face with Mats Sundin in Los Angeles on Sunday or Monday to talk about the possibly of him returning to the club.
"For sure, when the team gets to L.A. on Sunday, we are going to try to make contact with Mats and try to get together," general manager Cliff Fletcher said yesterday. "Somebody, whether it's myself or (special assistant to the GM) Joe Nieuwendyk or somebody, will try to sit down with Mats."
This weekend, Brian Burke is expected to be formally announced as the Leafs' new GM, so he could be on-site leading the negotiations.
The Leafs play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night at the ACC and then head to Los Angeles on Sunday for a game against the Kings on Monday. Sundin, 37, is currently working out in L.A., and his agent J.P. Barry has said he is aiming at a mid-December comeback.
"We've heard his agent say he would like to play by the middle of December, but we keep hearing that Mats hasn't decided anything," Fletcher said. "We don't believe he's even (training) on ice yet."
LOTS OF INTEREST
As many as 10 teams, including the Leafs, have expressed interest in the former Leafs captain, who recorded 78 points in 74 games for Toronto last season. In July, the Vancouver Canucks offered the Swede $20 million US over two years. The Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders also have expressed an interest in Sundin.