No Surgery for Sundin
Apparently Mats Sundin's career isn't in danger of being cut short after all.
A week after a published report in the Toronto Sun claimed the Maple Leaf captain might require career-threatening hip surgery, it turns out Sundin doesn't need any surgery at all.
Sundin was examined in Stockholm today by an orthopedic doctor specializing in sports medicine.
"The finding was that no surgery is required," said Sundin's agent, J.P. Barry.
The original report cited "medical sources" and said Sundin would definitely require surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and that doctors would determine whether it was serious enough to be compared to the hip problems that ultimately wrecked Alexander Mogilny's hip.
As it turns out, the story was completely wrong, and there's great speculation in and around the Leaf camp that the story was planted to make it appear as though GM John Ferguson didn't have a handle on health issues facing his team as Ferguson prepared for today's pivotal meeting with the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Enterntainment.
When the Sundin story appeared, Ferguson immediately dismissed it as inaccurate, and as it turns out, he was telling the truth.
The Leaf GM presented his budget and plans to the eight-man board today. It is expected he will soon begin negotiations with team president Richard Peddie on a new contract extension.