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Rumours Buzz At Leafs Practice

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

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-- Decision time is looming for Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin. And his teammate Bryan McCabe.

Both players have had meetings with interim Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher as the 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline approaches Tuesday. And both players have no-movement clauses in their contracts which helps them control their fate.

``Yes I had a meeting with Mats (Thursday) and I met with his agent J.P. Barry this morning,'' Fletcher told The Canadian Press on Friday. ``And yes I met with Bryan McCabe this morning.

``But at this point, that's all I'm going to say. The process is ongoing.''

Barry, who arrived in Toronto on Thursday night, refused comment when reached Friday.

It's believed Fletcher asked both players to think about possible teams they'd be willing to waive their no-movement clause for in order to make a trade happen.

The trade buzz picked up even more when Sundin, McCabe and goaltender Andrew Raycroft all skipped Friday's practice. A team spokesman said all three players were suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Sundin will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 while McCabe has three more years on his deal paying him US$6.15 million next season, $4.15 million in 2009-10 and $4.15 million in 2010-11.

Toronto is currently 14th in the NHL's Eastern Conference.

Sundin has 61 points (24-37) in 62 games this season while McCabe has 14 points (4-10) in 34 games.

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