Sundin: I have no wish to move

Amid word that the Toronto Maple Leafs may be willing to trade him, forward Mats Sundin tells Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby that he has no intentions of asking for a move out of town.

“That’s very safe to say,” Sundin said. “I didn’t sign a one-year deal last summer to (better accommodate a trade), I want to be a Leaf.”

Rumors over the week-end indicated that Sundin has received word from a few Swedish players on the Detroit Red Wings that they’d love to have him come to the Motor City and could pursue the club’s GM to swing a trade with the Leafs.

However, Sundin denied the reports and reiterated that with the no-movement clause in his contract he controls his fate. And he wishes to remain right where he is.

“I have no wish to move.”

While some believe that Sundin would have a better shot at winning the Stanley Cup elsewhere, the Swedish born player says he’s on the right team.

“It’s right here,” Sundin insisted yesterday at the club’s Easter Seals skate.


20 Responses to Sundin: I have no wish to move

  1. Hoondog2 says:

    Sundin has earned the right to do what he wants.  We're not talking about just a good player here.  Sundin's name in the future will be cast along side the Leaf greats, and i hope the Leafs will return the same class that he has shown to them.  If the Leafs are out of the playoffs at the deadline, i would ask him to consider it, but only if he wanted.

  2. wayne2 says:

    Well,i understand your point of view but remember this is a business and if they can get something good in return why not.I mean,ask Sundin if he wants to re-sign an extention at 500 K a year and you'll see how much he wants to stay.That goes for any player by the way,we have Redden willing to take a ''home team discount'' but i bet you he wants at least 4 mil.

  3. simplyhabby says:

    Is it safe to say that Sundin is the best player in the NHL (with 5 or more years experience) not to win a cup?

    Unbiasedly Leaf Fans, plead Sundin to waive his no trade clause and force a trade. 

    Sundin can get his shot at winning a cup because the leafs are in no position to do so and the Leafs can get some great prospects and picks to tool the team in the right direction.

    As well, a Sundin trade will finally put to rest these what to do leaf rumors, JFJ will finally be let go ( ironically after the best move he could have done) and Leaf fans can finally relax knowing there team is finally going in the right direction.

    Sundin is a great amassador to the game and to the TML organization.  It is a shame how this is being played out in regards to Sundin being so deserving of a cup win.  It would of been nice for him to do it in Toronto (I think I puked a little saying that) but Sundin is a deserving stand up gent.

  4. lafleur10 says:

    for you leafs have i hope sundin does this favor for you guys!!because of the love and loyalty you leafs fans have shown in over the years!! (he owes it to you guys) if mats sundin really cares about the toronto maple leafs then he'll do the right thing and waive his no trade clause to help the team rebuild by getting some assests(picks and prospects)……..because he can always return in the summer! and set the ship in the right direction!because if he still remains stubborn and won't do this!!unfortunately for the lefas fans this franchise and team is screwed for years to come!!

  5. lafleur10 says:

    for you leafs have i hope sundin does this favor for you guys!!because of the love and loyalty you leafs fans have shown in over the years!! (he owes it to you guys) if mats sundin really cares about the toronto maple leafs then he'll do the right thing and waive his no trade clause to help the team rebuild by getting some assests(picks and prospects)……..because he can always return in the summer! and set the ship in the right direction!because if he still remains stubborn and won't do this!!unfortunately for the leafs fans this franchise and team is screwed for years to come!!

  6. GolfLeafsGolfHa says:

    Sundin makes me laugh, he actually thinks Toronto is gonna win a cup, ok there Mats, good joke of the day, made me laugh, BLOW LEAFS BLOW.

  7. Shorts_Pimp says:

    If Mats Sundin truly cared about this organization, he would do the smart thing and accept a trade to the Detroit Red Wings. In this context, Sundin would most likely win a much eluded Stanley Cup and the Leafs would be able to begin reconstructing their club. As well, he could just as easily sign with the Leafs next season in an attempt to end his career where he would most like it to.

  8. jarcpitre says:

    Your bang on. I also believe he deserves to do what he wants. In the future if the GM's wanna trade players then they shouldn't include NTC's, I'm glad he's sticking to his guns.

  9. Habs_pm says:

    If Sundin really was commited to Toronto he would ask to be moved. Bob Mackenzie stated that Toronto would get a monster package in return. If the Leafs are out of it by late January JFJ will go behind his back and start talking with other GMs.

    Kevin Lowe did the same thing with Ryan Smyth last year, that deal with NY Islanders was already locked up before the deadline.

    Trade him, Bring him back as a UFA…thats the smartest thing to do.

  10. leafy says:

    What do people expect Sundin to say, that he wants to be traded?

    Of course he's going to say that he wants to stay.  Publicly anyway.

    But rest assured, Sundin sees the writing on the wall.  He's not an idiot.  He will eventually agree to be traded for the benefit of himself and the Leafs.

  11. bruinfan37 says:

    THANK YOU!!  I was waiting for someone to mention the obvious!  If he doesnt get traded before the deadline, someone is much much dumber than we all thought (either the organization or Sundin himself).

  12. NoCupForYou says:

    What he could have said (be it 1 or 2 years ago ) was "get better personel or I'm out of here" even if to see how much pull he had,and maybe push leaf brass to get better people(players or management).Major stars on other teams(sports)do it all the time

  13. leafy says:

    ****Bob Clarke "loved it": Approves of Downie sucker punch

    Check out Bob Clarke's comments on the Downie sucker punch on Blake.  Clarke says he "loved it"!!!!

    Really, is anybody surprised?  This is the same little prick that purposely broke Valeri Kharlamov's ankle in '72 and injured a slew of other players.

    I'm also pretty sure that Paul Holmgren also approves of Downie.  Holmgren is the maestro of the new goon movement in Philadelphia.

    Rest assured that all the idiot Flyer fans on this site will be defending Clarke for yet another shameful display of sportsmanship.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=226849&hubname=

  14. mojo19 says:

    Yes, Leafy, right as always.

    Last year Forsberg insisted he wanted to stay with Philly for so long. He kept saying, I wanna stay with Philly and then right near the deadline he said he'd waive it to go to a couple of teams.

    Tkachuck last year said he wanted to stay with St.Louis, all year he said this. He waived at the end too.

    Sundin has to say this for now, otherwise it would be like saying "this team is done, we're not going anywhere" and even if that is true, you can't say stuff like that. So Mats will continue to say he doesn't wanna be moved and in February, to the surprise of no one, he will be moved.

  15. mojo19 says:

    Holmgren likes being the maestro of the new goon movement in Philly too. He actually insists on being called Maestro in public situations.

  16. leafy says:

    Haha….I just love references to classic Seinfeld shows.  Anyway Holmgren does look like Maestro.

  17. zambo says:

    clearly sundin is the franchise of the leafs, but i think it would be best for sundin 2 be traded, if the leafs want to rebuild, and make the playoffs. If the ferguson finds an even trade, than if sundin really wants 2 be a leaf during free agent signings in teh summer, he could just sign with the leafs again.

  18. leafy says:

    Ducks 5, Leafs 0

    Q: How do you know the Leafs are a very poorly coached team?

    A: They can't even gain the Anaheim blueline with a 2-man advantage for a full minute……even with guys like Sundin, Antropov and Kaberle on the ice!!!!!!

    A major symptom of awful coaching.  Trust me.

  19. jarcpitre says:

    It was pretty bad wasn't it. 5 on 3, I mean dump the puck in with two guys coming down either side and battle for it. What Wellwood is doing on the PP is beyond me, he has no confidence with the puck at all and you can clearly see it. Wellwood is reminding me of another Samsanov without the contract, maybe he's doing it on purpose to get out of TO.

  20. lafleur10 says:

    be patient with that wellwood kid!!he's a good player!!your version of samsonov this year is JASON BLAKE!!!

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