Djurgarden Makes Offer To Sundin

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While the Toronto Maple Leafs are working towards a new contract with Mats Sundin, his former team in Sweden wants him to come home.

Stockholm-based newspaper Expressen reports that Djurgarden IF of the Swedish Elite League has offered the Leaf captain a one-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed, but sources tell TSN that the deal - offered a couple of weeks ago - is worth just over $1 million.

When asked about the chances of Sundin returning to his old club, his Swedish agent Claes Elefalk maintained that they are not planning on negotiating on anything other than a two-year extension with the Maple Leafs.

"It's impossible," Elefalk told Expressen Sunday night. "We are now negotiating a new contract with Toronto. If we can't agree, then Toronto can exercise their option clause on him. We're still trying to negotiate a two-year deal."

Contract talks between both sides are expected to pick up once Leaf general manager John Ferguson Jr. returns from the World Hockey Championship in Moscow.

Sundin was taken first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989 and played the following season with Djurgarden, scoring 10 goals and 18 points in 34 games