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Mats Sundin practices with Canucks for first time

Mats Sundin practices with Canucks for first time

Mats Sundin practiced for the first time with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday after signing as a free agent before Christmas.
The 37-year-old Swedish center said he delayed his return to the NHL until his desire to play had been restored. He played with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2007-08 season.
"Last season was frustrating," he said. "We struggled. It was a mixed emotional season. When I look back at last year I really enjoyed playing. Hopefully I can pick up where I left off."
Sundin wasn't scheduled to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia and said he wasn't sure when he will play his first game with the Canucks. A possible debut date could be Jan. 7 in Edmonton.
"I feel the Canucks have a good enough team to be strong in the playoffs," he said. "I hope I can contribute and bring my game back the way I played last season."
Sundin was assigned a spot in the dressing room with Swedish twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin on one side, and former Toronto teammate Kyle Wellwood on the other.
Sundin scored 32 goals last season with Toronto but considered retirement when the Maple Leafs missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
The former Maple Leafs captain ended five months of speculation on Dec. 18 when he agreed to spend the rest of the season with the Canucks. The Swede will earn about $5.6 million (4 million euros).
A nine-time All-Star, he was Toronto's all-time leading scorer with 987 points (420 goals, 567 assists) and was the team's captain in 10 of his 13 seasons there.
Sundin brings size and a scoring touch to a Canucks team that already was sound defensively. Entering Tuesday, the Canucks were second in the Northwest Division.


Updated : 2021-05-15 08:01 GMT+08:00