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THN.com Blog: How about half a ‘C’ for Sundin?

Mats Sundin still hasn't made up his mind about his hockey future. (Getty Images)

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Mats Sundin still hasn't made up his mind about his hockey future. (Getty Images)

I’m only doing half a blog today because I’ve been in the business a long time, I’m not sure I want to continue blogging and I don’t really want to go through the grind of doing a full blog anymore.

So I’ll dispense with the background profile on dithering free agent Mats Sundin and move right into the blog’s second half.

I find Sundin’s approach to making a decision on playing this season extremely cavalier and tiresome.

I know he has had a career worthy of Hall of Fame consideration, can still be a very good player at 37 and has earned the right to be choosy about where he plays. But I don’t like the fact he hasn’t given himself personal deadlines on making a final decision. Hasn’t stuck to them, anyway.

Sundin admits to trying “not to think about it too much,” this summer and says the grind of training and practising is taxing on a veteran such as himself. That leads me to think Sundin will continue stalling a few more months, then sign to play somewhere for half a season.

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Didn’t he once say he’d never do that? I’m trying to relate. Hence, this half-blog.

In his statements this week, Sundin said he hopes people will respect the fact he’s not ready to decide and that he has earned the right to be passive regarding his future.

Nice leadership, Mats. Thanks for the input. If you do come back, maybe they’ll give you half a ‘C’ for your sweater. It would match the half-hearted approach you’ve invested in this season.

Brian Costello is The Hockey News’s senior special editions editor and a regular contributor to THN.com. You can read his Top 10 list on Wednesdays and his blog each weekend.

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