I've seen too many interpretations of the issues surrounding Mats Sundin's contract. If this has been explained somewhere, please point me to it and the mods can delete this post. Thanks. The Leafs have a club option on Sundin's contract, which if taken would result in one more year at a salary of $5.3 million, but due to cap averaging, the cap hit to the Leafs would be $6.3 million. Furthermore, if the Leafs do not take the option, they must pay Sundin some amount to buy him out. I think the figure is $1 million, but that's not really relevant here. As far as I can tell, if the Leafs due indeed pay Sundin out, this is viewed as a buyout and thus would prevent the Leafs from signing Sundin to a new deal. Is this correct? The other issue is this. If Sundin is traded, is the new team inheriting this same 'buy out' clause? Does it make more sense for the Leafs to activate the the option, trade Sundin, leaving the new team with a cap hit of the $5.3 million? Thanks for your help.