According to Larry Brooks, Sundin decided to……wait. 🙂
Sorry have to laugh.
He wants to be a ranger (according to Brooks), but the have no room to make him an offer of $6 million (which he is demanding-ouch to Vancouver at 10! and double ouch to say he won’t go for less then $7)
“Thus, with the NHL holiday roster freeze going into effect Friday night at midnight and lasting through midnight the 27th, Sundin – who has a $10M offer on the table from the Canucks that he obviously is in no hurry to accept – is likely to remain unsigned until late in the month.”
“J.P. Barry, Sundin’s North American representative, said today that Sundin might accept a conditional offer from the Rangers, but that is nonsense.”
And sheep may fly, Wilbur may invite Larry and Richard for dinner and Mccown will be on Pat Quinn and Cito Gaston’s holiday card list.
“But while the big Swede – who earned $5.5 million last year with the Maple Leafs – is willing to take less to play Broadway than to play in Vancouver, his willingness to take a discount only goes so far. Cap counts are calculated on a daily basis in the NHL. Sundin’s contract would be pro-rated and charged against the cap from the day it’s registered with the league. Sundin, who has returned home to Sweden for the Christmas holiday, likely will need a week to 10 days of practice before he’s in game shape. The contract would not have to be registered until a day before he’s ready to go. Thus, if Sundin were ready to go the first week of January, the Blueshirts would have to have approximately $3.2M of space in order to accommodate Sundin’s need for a $6M contract. With a current $1 million available, the Rangers could not clear the necessary space merely by deleting Petr Prucha and Dan Fritsche from the roster. More would be required. Which is why Sather and Sundin both need more time.”
Take as much time as needed. Who knows, maybe February or March will be a good time… This whole thing is a joke. The best news is that the Leafs are FINALLY out of the picture. I guess for Mats’ it’s no longer important to be part of the entire journey, or even half the journey (from a calendar perspective). By the way, which fellow GM is going to do Slats the favor of dealing with him? They are such a warm agreeable bunch aren’t they?
If I am Mike Gillis, I go do business elsewhere. What happens if Slats can’t move the money? Should the entire league just wait around for this guy? He is good, he isn’t that good.
Brooks is here