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Dreger: Sundin deal leaves cap room for Canucks

Darren Dreger
12/18/2008 9:27:07 PM
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The Vancouver Canucks landed Mats Sundin, but are they done yet?

No they're not, and the details of Sundin's contract with the Canucks will be impacted by the team's interest in adding another significant piece.

While the structure of his one-year contract with the Canucks hasn't been officially worked out, Sundin will net close to $5 million for playing the remainder of this season, or $700,000 less than what he was originally offered.

The expectation is the Vancouver Canucks will still have approximately $2.5 million in cap space remaining, which means the team will be able to potentially take on a player earning around $6 million at some point in the New Year using the prorated formula.

While Sundin will walk away from the 2008–09 season with close to $5 million in his pocket, he's leaving some on the table and giving Canucks general manager Mike Gillis the flexibility to land another top six forward through a trade.

Sundin signed in Vancouver because of the fit, the fact no player was forced out to make room for him, and the promise the Canucks intent on being a Stanley Cup contender doesn't end with him.

Darren Dreger

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