From Darren Dreger of TSN:
Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to encourage Mats Sundin to decide his playing future before July 1.
In the past 24 hours the Montreal Canadiens were granted persmission by the Maple Leafs to speak to Sundin’s agent about the possibility of the 37-year-old centre signing in Montreal.
The Leafs would have to trade Sundin’s negotiating rights to the Canadiens to facilitate an early signing.
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That is like the Yankees and Red Sox making a deal in baseball. However, with Toronto looking to rebuild and the Habs needing some size and scoring up-the-middle, this trade would make sense for both sides. Sundin can still play at an extremely high level and if he is going to bolt Toronto, may as well get something in return for his services before July 1 hits.