Sundin, Gillis talk during Canucks' game on Thursday

TSN.ca Staff
10/31/2008 7:33:10 PM
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While Mats Sundin hasn't started skating yet, he did take time to watch a potential suitor in action on Thursday night.

The unrestricted free agent centre was in attendance at the Staples Center to watch the Vancouver Canucks shut out the Los Angeles Kings 4-0.

Sundin, who watched the game from a luxury suite with his agent JP Barry, was also joined by Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. He has a two-year, $20 million offer on the table from the Canucks but Gillis prefer not to put any pressure on the former Leafs' captain.

''I've been through this on the other side and I haven't seen one situation where teams have put tremendous pressure on an elite player where that has worked out for them,'' Gillis told Team 1040 Radio in Vancouver.  ''I think when you get to the status of being considered one of the elite players in the league for a long time, you're entitled to make sure you want to keep playing this game at the highest level before you make a decision.''

Gillis added that the little time he spent with Sundin and Barry was more focused on discussing the agent's clients, namely Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund and forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Speculation over Sundin's status picked up again last week with news that he was heading to California to get back in shape.

''We've been in constant contact with JP Barry. We know all the issues,'' Gillis told the Team 1040. ''We've been completely apprised of all the issues and until Mats makes up his mind that he's definitely going to play, I don't see any reason in putting pressure on him.  I think all it would do is drive him away from a potential opportunity with us and we're determined not to do that.''

Other teams that have shown interested in acquiring Sundin's services include the New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens as well as his former team, the Maple Leafs.

Mats Sundin (Photo: Graig Abel/ NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Graig Abel/ NHLI via Getty Images)
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