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Agent denies report on Sundin's interest in Rangers

TSN.ca Staff

8/17/2008 5:16:19 PM

Mats Sundin's agent is denying a report in the New York Post that says his client wants to join the Rangers.

The newspaper article says well-connected sources have stated that Sundin has expressed his interest in playing for the Blueshirts. The Post report went on to say that Sundin's agent, J.P. Barry has been in constant communication with front-office personnel from the Rangers.

When contacted by TSN, Barry denied there have been any increased discussions with the Rangers. He told TSN that he has spoken to both the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers but also has had long discussions with Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher and Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. Barry said there are six teams interested in Sundin's services for next season.

Barry also said his client has not made a decision on playing this coming season.

"Everybody has been calling regularly trying to get an idea of when his timetable is. Mainly I have just told them we have talked about everything and right now it's just for him to decide," Barry explained to TSN on Sunday.

Sundin has been one of the most sought-after free agents this summer. The Canucks have reportedly offered Sundin a two-year, $20 million contract, while the Maple Leafs are said to be offering a one-year deal worth $7 million.

The 37-year old Sundin is coming off a very productive campaign with the Leafs, recording 32 goals and 78 points in 74 games.