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Mats Sundin needs more time to decide; thanks teams for offers

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Mats Sundin will not be signing any blockbuster contracts this week. Or perhaps any time soon.

The 37-year-old star centre sent out a statement via his agent J.P. Barry on Wednesday expressing his need for more time to mull over his playing future. "I would like to thank all the teams who have expressed such sincere interest in my services," Sundin said in the statement.

"The numerous options provided to me were impressive and I have no doubt that each one presented a unique opportunity for me to finish my career in a terrific hockey environment."

The Vancouver Canucks offered Sundin a $20-million, two-year deal. It's believed the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs also offered two-year contracts but for less money.

Sundin, an unrestricted free agent, still hasn't decided whether he wants to play next year.

"I spent a great deal of time yesterday reflecting upon the teams who stepped forward and the opportunities that each provided," said Sundin. "Unfortunately, I am simply not close to being ready to make a decision about resuming my career at this time.

"I wish all the teams the very best and thank them for their interest."

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