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Sundin No Closer To A Decision

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by Matthew Iaboni

The Mats Sundin watch is still on with a decision not expected until later this month.

Rogers Sportsnet caught up with the former Leafs captain at a golf tournament in Sweden where he said he is still pondering his future.

"I haven't decided yet," Sundin said. "I think sometime in August I hope to come to a conclusion on what I'm going to do ... if I'm going to play or not this year."

Sundin's agent J.P Barry said in late July that his client would make a decision by August 1 but that day has come and gone.

"Mats has decided he will make a decision by Aug. 1," Barry told the Vancouver Province in late July.

His client denied that he ever had a deadline.

"I never had a deadline," Sundin said. "I know there was talk about the first of August, but .... I said sometime in August hopefully I'll be able to make a decision. I won't make that until I really feel comfortable with making a good decision."

There are reportedly six teams interested in Sundin's services but he hasn't even thought about what uniform he will be wearing for the 2008-09 season.

Earlier this summer Sundin acknowledged that he has not ruled out a return to Toronto and that re-joining the Leafs has become even more intriguing to the centreman with the additions of Joe Nieuwendyk to the front office and Curtis Joseph in the back-up netminder role.

"I haven't even worried about any teams," Sundin told Sportsnet. " I'm just trying to bring my mind to a point where I can make a good decision whether or not I'm going to play hockey right now. That's my first decision and we'll go from there after that."

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