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Sundin spoke to the media at Saturday’s morning skate and admitted that interim GM Cliff Fletcher had asked him to waive his clause, allowing the club to pursue a trade.
‘‘The Leafs gave me a chance to think about it and all that but as I said my position hasn’t changed since the start of the year.
‘‘I have to do what feels right in my heart. I just don’t think I can go to another team if I don’t want to play for another team. That wouldn’t be right to myself. That’s how I feel right now.’‘
added 1:35pm, More on this from Paul Hunter ant the Toronto Star.
Cliff Fletcher is on 640am in Toronto and says he talked to Sundin’s agent today, J.P. Barry and mentioned he is just waiting for a response back from him.
He did say Mats has not waived his NTC and talk is pretty slow right now around the league. Fletcher has other issues to deal with and will try to work on those.
Mats Sundin has stated he does not want to leave Toronto, over and over again. So why this?
from Darren Drager of TSN,
Sources tell TSN that Toronto Maple Leafs interim general manager Cliff Fletcher and captain Mats Sundin met on Thursday to discuss his future with the team.
It’s believed Fletcher asked Sundin for a list of teams he would consider playing for, although the Leafs GM stopped short of officially asking him to waive his no-trade clause.
from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,
When the Maple Leafs missed the playoffs last year it was the closest thing to a national disaster to hit Toronto since Mel Lastman spotted a snowflake over North York.
But even that does not come close to the travesty and abuse of a public trust being perpetrated by this season’s Maple Leafs, who are closing in on becoming the first NHL team in Toronto to miss the playoffs three consecutive years since 1927-28.
How embarrassing was that? Don’t know, but they changed the name from St. Patrick’s to Maple Leafs. These days fans just walk around with paper bags on their heads.
from Spector’s Blog,
...But apparently for Sundin, playing for a Cup contender isn’t as important as being a Maple Leaf.
One would think he would be applauded for his loyalty, instead, he’s being criticized and vilified by some pundits and fans.
His critics suggest he’s merely being selfish for not agreeing to a trade, that he’s not putting the needs of the Leafs above his own, that he’s seriously hurting the franchise’s attempt for a strong start to their rebuilding program.
His refusal is being considered a prime example of how a player with a “no-trade/movement” clause can hold a team hostage and handcuff their efforts to rebuild.
from the Toronto Sun,
With defenceman Tomas Kaberle insisting he is not going anywhere, echoing the same sentiments as the other four members of the Maple Leafs “no-trade clause” fraternity, Antropov might very well be the most legitimate candidate to be moved by the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
In the prime of his career at age 28, Antropov’s value never has been higher. He’s managed to stickhandle his way around the injury bug for a change while reaching a career-high 21 goals, attractive traits for teams in the market for a hulking power forward.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
At some point between now and next Tuesday, Maple Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher will go to captain Mats Sundin on bended knee and ask him in the nicest possible way to waive his no-trade clause so Toronto can begin the long task of rebuilding its rotted vessel.
No one knows what Sundin will say when this offer is presented to him, but the Leafs’ course of action should be very clear if he maintains his stated position that he has no intention of leaving Toronto.
First, Fletcher should immediately strip Sundin of the captain’s “C”. Then, Fletcher should make it very clear he will not re-sign the unrestricted free agent this summer or strongly recommend to the next full-time GM that Sundin not be re-signed.
After all, what kind of role model is Sundin if he refuses to commit the ultimate act of leadership by helping the team he professes to love get better?
from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,
Vesa Toskala says he’s “comfortable” playing the rest of the season. Of course, when he was losing 7-1 to Washington and platooning with Andrew Raycroft he said he was “comfortable” too. He leaves the impression someone could put him on a bed of nails and, if there was a reporter around, he’d give him a bemused grin and insist that he was, indeed, “comfortable.”
So, we’ll bite: Just how does a team keep its comfort zone when it can win three like Toronto did in January and move all the way up to 13th. Or beat Detroit, Montreal and Ottawa, and not gain an inch?
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Tomas Kaberle could be on the move.
Two league executives told the Sun talks to send the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman to the Philadelphia Flyers have intensified in the last 24 hours.
The belief is Kaberle may have been asked to waive his no movement clause and if he agrees a deal could be completed.
added 5:04pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
“Tomas Kaberle is not going anywhere,’’ agent Rick Curran told TSN. ‘‘He signed a contract to be a Toronto Maple Leaf and while he’s disappointed with the way things have turned out this season in Toronto, he has no intention of leaving. He’s fully committed to the Maple Leafs. That’s why he signed a long-term contract (three more seasons after this one at $4.25 million per season) and that’s why he’s not waiving his no-trade clause….”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Last February, 50 trades were made in four weeks prior to the deadline, but there has been no such flurry this winter, only a single deal that sent Cory Stillman to the Ottawa Senators. The best bet is that once one Western Conference team makes a significant move, others will quickly follow.
Dallas, Anaheim and San Jose are eyeballing each other closely, and Detroit has got to be thinking a lot more about making a bigger move with the way Mike Babcock’s club has floundered of late.
Fletcher, then, really has to wait and watch the west. That’s got to be more interesting than watching games that don’t matter.
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