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Sundin Dealt Written by Hgimn - November 20th, 2008
Mats Sundin

The Mats Sundin era in Detroit is over after Sundin requested a trade. He was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 15.

The Wings who stumbled out of the gate, going 5-12 with Sundin in the lineup are not viewed as a playoff contender, though they sit just four points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Mats Sundin strolled into GM Kemmer's office and formally asked him for a trade to a contender. Seeing as how this could be his final season, Kemmer replied that he would see what he could do.

Matt Holder, GM of the Penguins, was notified as the two had previously spoken of a possible trade. What was eventually hammered out was that centre Andy MacDonald and pesky winger Darcy Tucker would go to Detroit in exchange for Mats Sundin. Mats was notified and he started to pack his bags as he was informed of the decision immediately after a game against Chicago in which he had two goals. As he packed up his things from his stall in the Detroit locker room he stopped and made a short statement.

"It has been a great honour to play for a team steeped in so much history, but it is my time to move on. I wish you guys well and maybe some of you will join me on a possible future team of mine. As outgoing captain of the team, I would like to make the suggest to Mike Babcock to name Sergei Gonchar captain, as he shows great signs of leadership."

Sundin then turned around, grabbed the nameplate above his locker and walked out of the room. Mats Sundin leaves the Wings this season having scored six goals,and adding nine assists. He also led them to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference last season against the Anahiem Ducks, where he had four goals in five games in a losing effort.

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