Mats Sundin says he has no regrets over his decision to play for the Vancouver Canucks this NHL season, but hasn’t decided yet if he will return next year.
If he does play again, money won’t be the deciding factor.
“It won’t be a money issue, whether or not I’m going to play,” Sundin, 38, said Wednesday as the Canucks cleaned out their lockers. “You want to have a chance to win.
“I am going to take my time to make a good decision this summer. Right now I wouldn’t know what my future is going to be, whether I am going to play or not.”
The Canucks were eliminated from the playoffs Monday after a 7-5 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal. It was the first time Sundin has played in the playoffs since the 2005-06 season.
The former Toronto Maple Leaf captain signed a US$5.6-million, free-agent contract with the Canucks in December. He had nine goals and 28 points in 41 games.
“Coming to Vancouver I had a different role than I did in Toronto,” he said. “I felt the last month and a half I played as well as I did in Toronto the last couple of years.
“I felt my skating and everything else felt better and better.”
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As was reported earlier this week, Mike Modano will be returning to the ice next year and hopefully Mats Sundin will be right there with him (except not on the Dallas Stars). I really thought Sundin looked great this round and was probably Vancouver’s best player in game 6 vs. the Hawks. He’s clearly not the player that he once was but similar to Modano, his role has changed and it appears that he has bought into the system. I suspect Mats won’t subject us to a summer of Brett Favre style drama of “will he or won’t he retire”.
What do you think Sundin should do? Retire or return? Sound off in the comments below.
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