"I think it's time that the next generation takes over. We have many good players.”-- Mats Sundin outlining why he won't be donning a Swedish sweater at the 2010 Olympics.
With his nod to the new generation, Mats Sundin officially advised Swedish hockey on Sunday that he won't be suiting up for Sweden in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics.
Sundin, who last won a gold medal with Sweden in the 2006 Olympics will apparently call on those memories for his scrapbook, feeling that the future of Swedish success relies more on the shoulders of fellows named Sedin, Alfredsson, Backstrom, Ericsson, Huselius et al.
And while he won't be appearing in Vancouver during the Olympics, that doesn't mean that he won't be seen at GM Place next season. While he's still thinking it over, he says there's chance he will return to Vancouver for the 2009-10 season, or perhaps in a visiting uniform as Sundin will become a free agent on July 1st .
Sundin told reporters in Stockholm on Sunday that he would take some time over the next few weeks to think over his future and will make a decision over the summer months.