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With two days to go until Wednesday's 3pm et deadline, there's some trade speculation surrounding Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators.
Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that the team is 'quietly gauging interest' on the Senators captain, though Spezza has a limited no-trade clause and carries a large contract.
The news comes amidst other reports that the Senators have been been searching for a winger to play with him.
The 30-year-old centre has one year remaining on his current deal which pays him $4 million next season - but with a $7 million cap hit. The team signed him to a seven-year, $49 million contract in 2007.
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What are you hearing about two defencemen at opposite ends of their careers, 35-year-old Chris Phillips and 24-year-old Tyler Myers?
Dreger: In terms of Phillips, there's a negotiation that's ongoing between the Ottawa Senators and Phillips to keep him a lifer in Ottawa. If that doesn't go well, if Phillips doesn't like the offer that has been presented, then Bryan Murray may have to make a very difficult decision. There would be interest in Chris Phillips, a veteran player, very sound defensively, maybe he's a good fit with the Boston Bruins.
In terms of Myers, there is considerable interest according to sources close to the Buffalo Sabres. But GM Tim Murray isn't trying to push this guy out the door. Is he available? Is he interested in moving him? Yes he is. We're looking at Toronto as potentially a fit, as would be the Anaheim Ducks. And the Colorado Avalanche are definitely looking for a defenceman. So there will be options, but come ready to pay a premium.
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from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra,
One week before the NHL trade deadline, Senators general manager Bryan Murray is waiting for the first domino to fall.
Murray said Tuesday that he fielded three or four calls at home the previous night from other GMs, checking on possibilities ahead of the March 5 deadline. No deals done. But with so many teams still in contention, and the league just coming off the Olympic break, the window of opportunity is fleeting.
“I’m like every other manager, just trying to see what’s right,” Murray said. “There’s a few players everybody’s looking to do something with and the price is real high to do that. I guess it will play out.”
It will play out once a big name or two gets moved to break the inertia.
One GM told Murray he has a couple of players he wants to deal, but doesn’t expect to until the better free agents move, clearing the way for secondary deals.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
If the Senators can pry a guy out of Buffalo to play alongside Jason Spezza, Matt Moulson should be their second choice.
Their primary focus needs to be on Steve Ott.
The 31-year old Sabres captain is tough, he fights, he's gritty and, we are told, an "old school" type of leader.
He's versatile, comfortable as a winger or centre. He's good in the faceoff circles. He's defensively responsible, and has a decent touch around the net.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray thought he had a deal done Saturday.
Now, the Senators GM is starting to believe he won't be making a trade before the Olympic break.
"We had a couple of teams I was talking fairly serious to about a smaller type deal that would add one player to our team, but it doesn't appear it's going to happen at this point," said Murray, who is actively seeking a winger to play with captain Jason Spezza. "As of now, we are what we are.
"I've talked to a number of managers, I think there's a lot of people just saying we'd like to do something, but there's nothing on the horizon right now."
One player known to be of interest to the Senators is Buffalo winger Matt Moulson, who has suffered an arm injury and is unlikely to play again until action resumes after the Sochi Games.
Looks like a skate from his teammate Kucherov hit him in the head area.
Melnyk on spending to the salary cap: "There's no need to - you can organically grow your team as we have. We have tremendous depth"
"Usually when you have to spend to the cap, you're making up for lack of depth. It's that simple."
"If you think I would have a nightmare if CDN dollar goes down? Imagine the teams that are at the cap - and then the cap comes down"
Melnyk on teams up against the cap: "Those teams are paying you to take their stars. That's one of the reasons we're not seeing many trades"
-Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators via TSN 1050 Radio tweets.
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