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Captain Mats Sundin stays and Maple Leafs relax with crusing win over Senators

Captain Mats Sundin stays and Maple Leafs relax with crusing win over Senators

Whatever changes Tuesday's NHL trading deadline brings to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mats Sundin's teammates are happy their captain is staying on board.
Vesa Toskala made 31 saves for his third shutout and Toronto crushed the Ottawa Senators 5-0 on Monday.
After exercising his no-trade clause to veto any potential deal away from the Maple Leafs with the deadline looming, Sundin scored on the power play in the first period.
"I think everybody's kind of happy," Toskala said. "We know what's going to happen now. We don't have to guess anymore and I think that relaxed the room a little bit more."
Asked if he was concerned he might be dealt, Toskala also expressed a desire to stay put.
"It's always a possibility," Toskala said. "So many players are going to get traded, but it hasn't crossed my mind and that's something I hope I don't have to worry about."
Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle stopped Mike Fisher's shot at a wide-open net with 1:02 remaining to preserve Toskala's 11th career shutout.
"I think I owe him a beer," Toskala said
Sundin released a statement on Sunday that he would exercise his no-trade clause to veto any deadline deal and remain with Toronto, which is last in the Northeast with 63 points and on the verge of missing the playoffs for a third year in a row.
"I would think that it was a positive effect," Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice said. "Regardless of what happens, everybody understands that it's business, but even in that locker room, these guys do it all together. They've had some rough goes this year and they're doing that together and when one of the _ maybe the _ key guy says, 'I'm staying with you,' that feels pretty good."
The Maple Leafs captain opened the scoring on Toronto's first power play 8:19 in when he deflected in Kaberle's shot from the left side of the net.
"We know what it means for him to play here," said Darcy Tucker, who scored two second-period power-play goals.


Updated : 2021-07-27 01:46 GMT+08:00