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.
Could that change? Yes, perhaps, but sources close to Sundin say the big Swede has waited this long to become an unrestricted free agent that he appears inclined to wait another week and explore all options available to him.
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If Sundin wasn’t for a trade at the deadline, then why would he be for one now? The bidding war will start next week.