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Two contracts at $10M-plus a tough squeeze

Until Darcy Tucker puts pen to paper on a new deal with the Maple Leafs, he knows the trade rumours will keep repeating themselves like Christmas carols wailing through the halls of the local shopping mall.

Tucker is a pending free agent come the summer, leaving general manager John Ferguson with the unenviable task of attempting to squeeze both he and captain Mats Sundin under the salary cap for next season.

With Sundin holding the hammer with his no-trade clause, Tucker would appear to be a more logical candidate to be moved should Ferguson's hand be forced.

Little wonder the rumours already have started.

"(Talk) will happen as long as my status is unclear," Tucker said yesterday. "People are going to speculate.

"When I was younger, (the scuttlebutt) used to bother me a lot. But as I've gotten older you can't let it bother you. I just play as hard as I can every night."

Tucker looks at Bryan McCabe in order to understand how crazy the next few months might be.

Last season, McCabe was the big-name Leaf playing out his contract with Toronto. The club had just signed Tomas Kaberle long term, but had yet to come to an agreement with McCabe as the trade deadline approached, causing many to urge Ferguson to move the veteran defenceman and ensure some kind of return.

Ferguson opted not to pull the trigger and re-signed McCabe prior to the opening of free agency July 1.

'HOPE, REBIRTH'

"Obviously, I want to stay in Toronto but but this is what Bryan went through last year with his situation," Tucker said. "I've got someone to lean on for sure."

Asked about the state of contract talks, Tucker's agent, Carlos Sosa, would only say that "the new year is about hope and rebirth."

Edmonton, Calgary, San Jose and Dallas are all believed to have keen interest, according to TSN.ca, and that list would balloon if word spread that Tucker were available.

But that day has not yet arrived. Far from it. In fact, Ferguson insisted yesterday he "definitely" plans to have both Tucker and Sundin on board next season.

The Leafs hierarchy is expected to debate the team's long-term options in the coming weeks.

But what if Tucker's asking price is too steep? He is on pace for a 40-plus goal season, which likely would net him at least $4 million on the open market.

Little progress has been made thus far but talks could heat up next month. According to the CBA, no deal can be made prior to Jan. 1 in which a players salary would escalate by more than 100%. Tucker is scheduled to earn $1.596 million this season.

Meanwhile, the Leafs hold a $4.56-million club option on Sundin for next season. If they were to pick up the option, the Sundin deal would chew up $6.333 million of cap space, the average of his salary over the term of his existing contract.

For his part, Sundin said he is not looking to be traded or hang up his blades at the end of the season.

TorontoSun.com - Hockey - Can Leafs afford Mats and Darcy?
 

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I don't see this is a team that needs to squeeze every penny they have to get these players back.

The Leafs still have quite a bit of excess baggage to let go of, if you know? Mainly players like Wade Belak, Nik Antropov, and Ben Ondrus. Maybe Jay Harrison as well.
 

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Leafs won't part with Sundin

Club attempting to re-sign its captain
Mark Spector, National Post
Friday, December 15, 2006


In an organizational decision reached this week, the Toronto Maple Leafs have decided they will not trade captain Mats Sundin prior to the Feb. 27 National Hockey League deadline. In fact, the Leafs are expected to re-sign Sundin to a new deal by seasons’s end that will virtually guarantee he will end his career in Toronto.

And so the Maple Leafs will continue on in the image of the fine Swedish centreman who leads them: Handsome, polite, and saleable — but in reality, a team and a captain that doesn’t ever get to a Stanley Cup.

This is a seminal time for the Leafs franchise. The hockey department met this week in Toronto to discuss, among other things, the future of their most valuable player asset. The decision was reached not to trade Sundin — a deal that could reap as much as a first-round draft pick, a top prospect, and a current NHL player off the lower half of another club’s roster.

Instead, sources say the Leafs will work on re-signing Sundin, who turns 36 years old on Feb. 13.

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Wait the Leafs have a club option on Sundin? That's good news, so potentially neither his nor Tucker's salary could be on the team next year?

A few more bad games and I be up for trading them both (if they return was decent).
 

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shookem said:
A few more bad games and I be up for trading them both (if they return was decent).
I think the leafs could get a player of decent value for Tucker, a guy who can score goals, get under opposing players skin and isn't afraid to be physical. I would love to have him back on Tampa, I think any team would want a player like him. But the salary he could be asking for could be an issue for teams.
 

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the Toronto Maple Leafs have decided they will not trade captain Mats Sundin prior to the Feb. 27 National Hockey League deadline.
What?! The trade deadline is in February??? :eek:
 

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What?! The trade deadline is in February??? :eek:
YEP!!

NHL Calendar
Dec. 19-27 - Holiday roster freeze, with respect to waivers, trades and other player assignments.

Dec. 26-Jan. 5 - IIHF World under 20 championship, Mora and Leksand, Sweden.

Jan. 23 - NHL Super Skills competition and YoungStars game, Dallas.

Jan. 24 - NHL All-Star game, Dallas.

Feb. 27 - Trade deadline, 3 p.m. EST.

April 8 - Last day of regular season.
 

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For the quote up thery're that says sundin wont be dealt to the trade deadline? Are the leafs most likely going to trade him? Stupidest idea the franchise has ever made if they trade him. Hes all they got, hes the heart, and hes the team
 

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YEP!!

NHL Calendar
Dec. 19-27 - Holiday roster freeze, with respect to waivers, trades and other player assignments.

Dec. 26-Jan. 5 - IIHF World under 20 championship, Mora and Leksand, Sweden.

Jan. 23 - NHL Super Skills competition and YoungStars game, Dallas.

Jan. 24 - NHL All-Star game, Dallas.

Feb. 27 - Trade deadline, 3 p.m. EST.

April 8 - Last day of regular season.
Wow. I guess the constant complaints of not enough time for players to gel on their new teams finally did something.

I think it's kind of early though. A month before the playoffs was always fine with me, not to mention the hype and commotion during the season picked up big time.

From january 1st until Trade Deadline Day, the media (and us fans of course) always had a good time with the rumours swirling around and all.

Ah well.
 
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