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Dreger: Sundin's decision will impact many more

Darren Dreger
8/27/2008 8:41:24 PM
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Mats Sundin remains undecided on his playing future.

Those close to the 37-year old say he doesn't have a burning desire to play, the absence of which has some believing Sundin is leaning towards not playing as he continues to struggle with the idea of playing anywhere, but Toronto.

However, the advice being given to Sundin is to avoid using the term "retire," if necessary take a break, but leave the option of return wide open.

One thing is certain, Sundin won't be pushed. His future will be determined on his terms.

At least six teams have continually expressed interest in signing the unrestricted free agent, with the New York Islanders described as a dark-horse based on Garth Snow's persistence to keep his team in the mix.

One way or another, Sundin's decision will impact a lot of teams and a lot of players. 

The future of Brendan Shanahan with the Rangers hangs on what Sundin does.  In fact, if Sundin chooses to resume his career in the Big Apple, Rangers GM Glen Sather is going to have to move bodies to make room. There are rumors suggesting a deal between the Rangers and Vancouver Canucks is in the works.

Vancouver is in the market for a defenceman and a centre and sources indicate Anaheim Ducks veteran Mathieu Schneider is a prime target.  However, the Islanders, L.A. Kings and Montreal Canadiens are also interested in Schneider, who will be moved to clear space for the signing of Teemu Selanne.

In some way, shape, or form, Mats Sundin will have tremendous impact on this season - whether he plays or not.



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