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 searching for a winger to play with him. However, general manager Bryan Murray says he has not talked about the 30-year-old centre.
"I had one guy ask if I want to comment to quiet the rumours and I said, 'No.' I'm not going to ... The more I say about it the more it's going to be played over and over in the next couple of days," Murray told reporters in Vancouver, where the Senators beat the Canucks 4-2 in the Heritage Classic on Sunday. "I'll just say we have not talked, at this point in time, about Jason Spezza."
Spezza, who was named captain last fall after the departure of free agent Daniel Alfredsson, 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.
He has 15 goals and 46 points in 56 games this season.