I realize many of you probably feel as though these continuous Sundin updates and alleged developments are now redundant, but quite frankly, I’ve had a blast working on this story over the past weeks. Here is my most prominent article on the Sundin saga, which was published last week over at Inside Hockey.
This time, however, I have an update of my own. This time, I’m not just relaying the sentiments of a Swedish journalist and his Russian source.
I recently exchanged some emails with someone who is very close to Mats Sundin, someone who talked to the Swedish superstar only days ago. Believe me when I tell you this guy is legit. I can confirm that he’s known Sundin since Mats played as a junior in Sweden. Unfortunately, I cannot reveal my source, but I can share that he’s based in Sweden, yet he’s traveled to Toronto to meet Sundin once every season over the past twelve years.
Here’s what I gathered from him:
- Sundin has not confirmed that he won’t play in the 2010 Olympics, but he admitted that it’s doubtful. After the 2006 Olympics, Sundin also hinted the very same thing when he said that an Olympic gold medal was the perfect end to his career with the National team.
- Sundin will play in the NHL next season.
- As previously and publicly stated, Sundin is “flattered” by the offer made by the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks remain “well in the picture.”
- If Sundin decides to leave the Maple Leafs, Sundin will likely join a Western Conference team.
And that’s about all I could squeeze out of him. Once again, I know this is nothing earth shattering for those of you who have been following the saga closely. But I found that the last point basically narrows down Sundin’s possible destinations to Toronto and Vancouver.
As for a contingency plan if Sundin decides to turn away from Vancouver’s monstrous offer and sign elsewhere, another source is telling me that Michael Nylander – another former client of Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis – is “also a possibility.”
Don’t take this for gospel; take it for what it’s worth.