45-Year-Old Center – Free Agent
Mats Sundin Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July of 2009. Announced retirement from hockey in September of 2009.
Sundin has retired from hockey, NHL.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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Will spend 2009-10 on the links in Sweden refining his short game and polishing his putting skills.
Sundin is a horse, plain and simple. Despite a nagging hip injury, Mats recorded his 16th consecutive 20-goal season last year. You might be able to get him for a little less this season given the so-called uncertainty of that hip and his 13-game goal-drought to end the season. And get him, you should. He's one of the most dominating offensive players in the league and a point-per-game is the bare minimum expectation this time around.
The Leafsí captain will turn 36 this season, and heís given numerous indications that this could be his last season in North America. You canít blame him, really; despite having the ability to still be a 90 or even a 100 point player in the new NHL, Toronto keeps saddling him with weak linemates, and the team seems to get further from the Stanley Cup every year. He also played the fewest games of his career in í05-í06 (strike year excepted) due to an eye injury, but heís in top physical shape and as yet he hasnít showed signs of slowing down. Unless the Leafs can find better wingers for him than the likes of Nik Antropov, another point-a-game season for Sundin seems likely.
The big Swede is about to have his best season in a long while. For the first time in several seasons, Sundin will have consistent (and let's hope injury free) players on his flanks and he'll take full advantage. And in the new, no-touching (sorry clutching) NHL, Sundin's size and speed will overwhelm even the best big-time defensemen. Expect a white hot start and a finish that includes 40 goals.