Season will start without Mats Sundin
Mats Sundin has been accused of being poker-faced about his hockey future, but he made it clear Wednesday in Sweden that he won't be on the ice for any NHL team's season opener.
Sundin, 37, said he's still grappling with whether to make the commitment to playing again after spending 13 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who open the season Oct. 9 against the Detroit Red Wings.
"I will not make up my mind before the season starts," Sundin said at a news conference in Stockholm.
"That's how I feel right now. Others have started playing in the middle of the season. If I would feel like retiring, I would say it."
Sundin was speaking at an event to announce his contract as a spokesperson for PokerStars.com. He will play in charity events for the company.
Sundin said that he has been on the ice, although he hasn't worked out to the extent he has in the past when training camp beckoned.
The longtime Maple Leafs captain will play in a charity game Friday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto for Right to Play, a charitable organization that aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children worldwide through sport.
He is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday afternoon in downtown Toronto.
Sundin led the Leafs in scoring last season, with 32 goals and 78 points in 74 games. He is the all-time franchise leader in goals and points but became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Toronto acquired Sundin from the Quebec Nordiques in a blockbuster trade on June 28, 1994.
Sundin has posted 555 goals and 766 assists for 1,321 points in 1,305 NHL games since he was drafted first overall by Quebec in 1989.
He ranks 22nd all-time in the NHL in goals and 30th in points.
With files from the Associated Press