Sundin Testing Free Agency
June 24, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs captain, Mats Sundin, is prepared to enter free agency and explore his options. Until July 1st, however, Montreal owns the exclusive rights to talk to Sundin.
The Montreal Canadiens currently own Sundin’s exclusive negotiating rights until July 1 and Canadiens’ GM Bob Gainey is prepared to go to Sweden to talk to Sundin directly, but so far the Toronto Maple Leaf captain has not agreed to any face-to-face sessions or encouraged Gainey to make the trip.
I suspect there are many teams that would be interested in signing Sundin, but few could handle the sizable contract on their cap. I also wonder if any loyalty to the Leafs would prevent him signing with a rival such as Ottawa. The Rangers were rumored to be in the mix, but that seems to have died.
- Sundin’s representatives asked the Leafs for permission to talk to the New York Rangers before any negotiating rights changed hands and were granted that permission.
- Sundin’s representatives spoke to the Rangers to find out if they would be interested in acquiring Sundin’s exclusive negotiating rights but were told that was not something the club intended to do. No substantive talks with the Rangers were conducted after that.