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Agent: Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin does not need hip surgery

"He had a full evaluation of his hip and the diagnosis was no surgical intervention," J.P. Barry said Wednesday. "He'll just continue the way he is, just resting and proceeding with his normal summer protocols."

Barry said the examination was done Wednesday by Dr. Anders Valentin in Stockholm, one of the top orthopedic surgeons in Sweden.

Quoting an unidentified source in the medical community, a Toronto newspaper recently reported that Sundin's hip problem required surgery similar to that which all but ended the NHL career of Alexander Mogilny.

Barry has said Sundin had some hip discomfort this season, along with other medical issues, but they were minor in nature.

Barry is in contract talks on Sundin's behalf with GM John Ferguson, who has said he's unaware of Sundin having any major hip problem.

Sundin's medical examination is normal procedure prior to renewing a contract. The Leafs hold an option on the Swede's services for next season. The six-foot-five 225-pound centre earned US$7.6-million last season.

Barry said the two sides are discussing the possibility of replacing the option year with a new two-year contract.

Sundin, 36, has led the Leafs in scoring in 11 of his 12 seasons with the team. He was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.

In 1,231 career games, he has 523 goals and 720 assists for 1,243 points.


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