So Dale Tallon has come out and said Chicago shouldn’t be in the mix for Mats Sundin because “the Hawks don’t have any room for him.”:http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=257996&src=149
“We don’t have any cap space,” Tallon told reporters in Denver. “We’d have to move (a player). There are very few teams that have that space for the amount of salary he wants.”
Well, sure. For the record, that’s been the word around the Rangers as well. If it was simply about cap space, Sundin would already be a Vancouver Canuck, right? Pretty much every other team said to be in the mix for the big Swede is in the same predicament.
The difference is the Rangers could be more motivated than ever to let someone take Michal Rozsival off their hands. I like Rozsival, and before injuries and self-confidence issues started chipping away at his game this season I liked him a lot more as a player (just not a $5 million player).
But the theory persists that he needs to regain his form somewhere other than New York. And even if Sundin is not a realistic possibility, the Rangers might still need to move one of their struggling backliners if they have any hope of becoming a contender.
And for better or worse, I don’t see any team willing to take on Wade Redden at this point.
As for Sundin tonight, I’m told we’ll probably spy a shot of the former Toronto captain in his luxury box, but won’t get much else. A request to Sundin’s representation to talk to the free agent was met with a response about how Sundin will talk once he’s signed with a team. And my guess is Sundin isn’t going to be anywhere where one would simply bump into him.
But you never know. He’s kind of a hard guy to miss.