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Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher will ask Mats Sundin this week once and for all if he'll waive his...

Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher will ask Mats Sundin this week once and for all if he'll waive his no-trade clause. SUN MEDIA/Dave Abel

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:58 PM ET

NAPLES, FLA. -- Will Mats Sundin take his puck and go home? Or will he play nice elsewhere?

That's what impatient GMs want to know with the NHL trade deadline a mere five days away.

Maple Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher flew home last night ready to ask Sundin once and for all if he'll waive his no-trade clause.

While Fletcher has fielded offers from a number of teams, sources say nobody wants to go any further in discussions until they find out what Sundin plans to do.

Sources say some GMs were upset Fletcher all but completed a deal Sunday night that would have sent defenceman Tomas Kaberle to the Flyers for centre Jeff Carter and a draft pick without knowing whether Kaberle would waive his no-trade clause.

Fletcher, according to sources, agreed to the trade with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, then found out through Kaberle's agent, Rick Curran, that the 29-year-old blueliner had no intention of waiving his no-trade clause.

The Flyers wound up settling on Kings defenceman Jaroslav Modry, whom they acquired for a draft pick.

"Guys don't want to do deals with (Fletcher) if it gets down to just completing the deal and then Sundin says he's not going to go anywhere," a league executive said yesterday. "I know a lot of the teams that are talking to (Fletcher) want reassurance, otherwise it's going to be a waste of time for them."

There have even been hints that Fletcher hasn't even told Sundin his plan.

Fletcher said earlier in the week he wouldn't ask anyone to waive their no-trade clause until he had something tangible in place.

Fletcher maintained he has "carte blanche" to do whatever he needs to improve the Leafs and plans to sit down with members of the organization today to find out what path he'll take in the next five days.

While Fletcher doesn't have anything concrete in place, he admitted he has an idea of what he can get for his players.

It's believed the Ducks may have offered prospect Bobby Ryan and Edmonton's No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft for Sundin.

"I can go home and sit down with the people in our organization and speculate what we might be able to get to in certain situations," said Fletcher. "But I'm not in the position to say, 'We can get Player X or Player Y.' It hasn't reached that stage at all.

"Based on the feel that I have here, and the dialogue that I've had with people, that seems to be the position that everybody is in."

Aside from the Modry deal, there were no other trades completed during the GMs' meetings because teams are waiting to see what happens with Sundin and Atlanta winger Marian Hossa before deciding their next move.

Sources say Thrashers coach and GM Don Waddell, who left Tuesday because he had to be behind the bench last night, went home to take one more run at re-signing Hossa. If Waddell fails, he has told teams interested in Hossa that the Slovak will "definitely" be dealt.

"Those guys are holding everything up," said an executive. "There's a real logjam for everyone else."

Several teams have held talks with the Lightning about defenceman Dan Boyle and the Sabres regarding blueliner Brian Campbell. Both will be dealt if they haven't signed new contracts by the deadline.

"(Boyle) wants to stay in Tampa and we want to keep him," said Bolts GM Jay Feaster. "I hope that's a basis to get something done.

"If I announce an auction tomorrow, there will be a dozen teams that queue up."

As for Campbell, it's believed Sabres GM Darcy Regier is going to present a new long-term contract offer to Campbell's agent, Larry Kelly, this week.

"We've really just had discussions (with other teams about Campbell)," said Regier. "There's more tire kicking going on than anything else right now."

While Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi won't rule out dealing anyone on his roster, he hasn't received any offers the Kings would consider.

Asked if he's been getting lots of calls from his friends around the league, Lombardi laughed: "I don't know if I'd call them friends ... not with what they're offering."


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