Sundin to the Avs? – Philly, Chicago and Vancouver still the leaders

via Denver Post:

I’m reasonably confident the Avs have put their hat in the ring for the Mats Sundin “sweepstakes.” But I’d say they have about a 5 percent chance of getting the chrome-domed Swede into a Burgundy and Blue uniform.

I think Philadelphia and Chicago are the clubhouse leaders to land Sundin, according to my sources from the end of the bar. Vancouver has an existing offer on the table, at an astounding two years and $20 million (which would obviously be pro-rated now). But I’d place the Canucks third in the hunt at the moment.

Chicago would almost certainly have to trade one of their two big-money goalies to afford Sundin under their salary cap (Chicago currently is only about $2.6 million under), but they should be able to find a taker for either Cristobal Huet or Nik Khabibulin.

Philly doesn’t have a lot of cap room either (about $4.5 million), but the Flyers have become one of the more attractive teams to NHL players now. GM Paul Holmgren is well respected around the league, and the Flyers have a good reputation with regard to taking care of players and treating them well. And their fan base is great (and that hurts to say, as a Boston fan growing up. I hated Philly. But, let’s face it, their fans are entertaining and passionate about things).

Related posts:

  1. Vancouver offers Sundin 2 years $10 million per year.
  2. What will Chicago do with Khabibulin and Havlat?
  3. Will Flyers send Carter to Toronto for Sundin?
  4. Who will land Sundin?
  5. Ex-GM Esposito speculates on Sundin’s worth

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