Ducks, Mats Sundin to talk this week
The Ducks will meet with free agent Mats Sundin sometime this week, probably Tuesday or Wednesday, the Swedish center's agent said today, an opportunity for the team to measure his interest in playing in Anaheim -- and for him to learn if the salary cap-strapped Ducks can make an offer worth considering.
Sundin's agent, J.P. Barry, said his client has been working out every morning in Southern California and has a home in Beverly Hills, where he has been living with his fiancee.
"He's intrigued. They're a good hockey team, and one of his criteria is that he wants to play for a good team," Barry said. "He hasn't made any decisions at all yet."
That includes whether he will play this season, though Barry said Sundin's consistent workouts are allowing him "to test where he is."
Sundin, who will be 38 in February, has scored 555 goals and 1,321 points in 1,305 NHL games.
Barry also said he has been in touch with close to 10 NHL teams that are interested in Sundin. "Five or six have been pretty diligent since July 1, and three or four have been more recent," he said.
The Ducks are within about $900,000 of the salary cap and would have to make some moves to fit Sundin's salary.
General Manager Brian Burke declined to comment.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Mats Sundin in Toronto on Thursday. Credit / Steve Russell / The Canadian Press / Associated Press