You're basically agreeing with what I just said, although I don't know why you're so convinced Sundin made up his mind already. I think Sundin wants more time, and Gainey's fine with it, but he's obviously still going to pursue a guy like Hossa if he's available. Sounds simple enough to me.
Yeah we do agree on everything except Sundin having made up his mind. It's not Sundin but Gainey that made up his mind.
Basically, Gainey told Sundin you know my offer. It's on the table until I happen to sign someone else. So, Mats, I gotta tell ya I'm going to the next player on my list.
It appears that the Habs had given a team exclusive permission to talk to Ryder before July 1st, but he eventually signed with Boston...knowing that Toronto had given Montreal permission to talk to Sundin, is it possible that the Leafs were the other team looking to sign Ryder?
Tom Hicks and George Gillett are in the midst of a major, major feud. I can't imagine Montreal going out of their way to do business with Dallas.
That doesn't mean Gainey and Jackson/Hull can't deal still.
Burke hates old buddy Lowe now because of the Penner issue, but he said if Edmonton contacted the Ducks for a deal he wouldn't refuse to deal, but someone other than himself would have to negotiate with Lowe...he would just yay or nay it.