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Tampa Bay Lightning Interested In Mats Sundin
Total Pro Sports – This I think this turning into a big joke now. “Mats, just pick a team and get this saga over with. You know you want to win a cup and in Toronto your gonna have a hard time doing so. Just sign with a cup contender and move on with your career. You deserve it, so do whats right for you and your family. Lord Stanley is calling for you!
The Tampa Bay Lightning are believed to be the latest club interested in obtaining free agent Mats Sundin – if he decides to play again.
While the NHL community awaits Sundin’s decision, his agent, J.P. Barry, confirmed two more clubs have recently expressed interest in his client.
Barry would not reveal the two new teams that have joined the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers in the pursuit of the veteran centre, but one is believed to be the Lightning.
Sundin not only met with Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher last Friday and Canadiens boss Bob Gainey on Saturday in Toronto, he also played in the Right to Play charity game with his old buddy, new Lighting forward Gary Roberts, as well as new Tampa Bay owner Oren Koules.
True, the Lightning are close to the NHL’s $56.7-million (all currency U.S.) salary cap and therefore don’t have room to add Sundin’s salary, which is expected to be in the $7-million neighbourhood. But the Lightning could save some valuable cap space if injured forward Jeff Halpern is unable to play this season because of his injured right knee and rookie Steven Stamkos is returned to junior.
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