The club most likely to acquire Mats Sundin from the Maple Leafs is — wait for it — the Vancouver Canucks.

This, at least, is according to, a gaming site that has produced an eyebrow-raising assortment of NHL trade-deadline props for wagering purposes. The site lists the Canucks as 2-to-1 favourites to obtain the Toronto captain before next Tuesday’s deadline.

Following the Canucks on’s list of Sundin head-hunters are the Anaheim Ducks, at 2.5-to-1, the Calgary Flames, at 4-to-1, the San Jose Sharks, at 5-to-1, the Dallas Stars, at 6-to-1, and the Ottawa Senators, at 10-to-1.


A good bet on the Sundin prop, perhaps, would be “the field.” Those who wager on Sundin to be dealt to the field — consisting of every team not mentioned above — would receive odds of 15-to-1. Keep in mind that the Detroit Red Wings strongly covet Sundin. Ditto for the New York Rangers, seeking an established linemate for Jaromir Jagr.

Oh, and by the way, the site’s odds are 5-to-1 that Sundin won’t be traded — also not bad, considering he’s been insisting he won’t waive his no-trade right.

Check out, incidentally, to see the odds on trades for Rob Blake, Marian Hossa, Olli Jokinen, and others. The site lists Calgary as Jokinen’s probable destination.

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In three-plus decades as a columnist and broadcaster, Marty York has built a network of solid contacts and a renowned reputation for his hard-hitting, groundbreaking style. The tradition continues in Metro Sports.

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