Now what?

In a mere 28 hours, Mats Sundin becomes a free agent.

To play or not to play? That is the question.

And the Swedish Hamlet is in no hurry to answer, which leaves the Canadiens dangling and confronting their own question:

UFA or SFA?

Bob Gainey has phoned Sundin. He’s e-mailed him. The Toronto Sun reports the Canadiens offered Sundin a two-year contract at $8 million per.

No decision.

Pat Hickey suggests the Canadiens should start formulating a Plan B, which might include Marian Hossa.

The Canadiens need a centre, Hickey writes, but the UFA crop thins out after Sundin – and it got thinner on Sunday when Minnesota traded Brian Rolston’s rights to Tampa Bay for a conditional draft choice.

And as the clock ticks down to midnight, still no word on a new contract for Andrei Kostitsyn.

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Edmonton bolstered its blueline by trading centre Jarret Stoll and defenceman Matt Greene to Los Angeles for d-man Lubomir Visnovsky.The Oilers assume the last four years of a five-year, $28-million contract Visnovsky sined wit the Kings a year ago.

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Defencemen John-Michael Liles and Adam Foote have passed up free agency and are staying in Colorado.

Liles has signed for four years at $4.2 million per season. He was making $1.4 million, and Liles’ extension is a benchmark for what the Canadiens will have to offer to keep Mike Komisarek beyond this season.

Foote was making $4.6 million and has signed a two-year contract at $3 million per.

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How valuable is a puck-moving defenceman?

There are reports the Chicago Blackhawks will offer Brian Campbell $8 million a season when he becoes a UFA tomorrow.

Campbel was making $1.75 million in San Jose.

Hands up everyone expecting a 460 per cent raise this year.


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