Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

Because Ottawa wasn't able to trade Jason Spezza before the start of the unrestricted free agent period, the Senators are going into it in an awkward position.

The Senators don't know exactly how much money they have to work with because there's no guarantee yet if Spezza will be traded. Even if he is, factoring in what the return might be for him into their plans is difficult until a trade is finalized. The sooner the Senators can trade Spezza, the easier the rest of their offseason is likely to be, but they don't want to trade him for less than they feel he's worth.

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

The door may not be completely closed on Jason Spezza and the Nashville Predators.

"Nashville was on Jason's list that we put together a while ago and without the benefit of a crystal ball, I can't say (if that will change)," agent Rick Curran said. "Call me in three or four days and we might have a better answer." The Predators and Senators had something worked out at the draft, but a deal was vetoed by Spezza's camp because Nashville is on the center's no-trade list. St. Louis and Chicago are still in the hunt, along with Dallas, and whichever team misses out on a middleman like Paul Stastny in free agency could go after Spezza once the dust settles on the "frenzy."

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

Jason Spezza, who has asked the Ottawa Senators to trade him but vetoed a deal to the Nashville Predators, is being coveted in trade talks with the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks, according to TSN.

TSN also said the Blues were in contact with the Senators as recently as Sunday. The network reported that the Blues also are interested in pending free agent Paul Stastny. TSN said the Stars have talked to the Senators about Spezza, as well as to the San Jose Sharks about Joe Thornton. But TSN also said Dallas management was told Thornton has no intention of waiving his no-movement clause to leave San Jose.

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

Senators general manager Bryan Murray knows he might have to alter the package he expects to get back in a Jason Spezza deal.

Murray originally wanted a first-round pick, but no team was willing to give one up during this year's draft. "I think going forward there will be discussion, I believe there will be," Murray said. "[Spezza] is a quality player in the NHL. If we can do something we'll do something, whether it be a pick or, from my point of view I'd like to get a couple of guys to put on the ice. ... So I don't know whether it was because of the draft and on the day of the draft, picks are very valuable, whether that was part of it or it was something different. "Murray is prepared to be patient with a trade.

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray said he had a potential deal with the Nashville Predators, but it was squashed because Jason Spezza refused to go there.

This shouldn't have come as a surprise to Murray because the Predators were reported to be on Spezza's no-trade list. Murray and Predators GM David Poile didn't sound pleased with the center's decision, but now both sides have move on. "We'll continue to talk and, over the course of time, I'm sure people that miss out on July 1 may come knocking, but we'll have to wait and see," said Murray. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are still believed to be interested in acquiring Spezza.

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

Although they tried, the Senators were not able to secure a first-round pick in this year-s entry draft for disgruntled center Jason Spezza.

The Blues were the closest to making a deal for Spezza but they decided to keep their 21st overall pick and select Booby Fabbri. It is not clear where Spezza, who has requested a trade, will go now. This situation has the potential to drag on over the summer which would not be a good thing for Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, the Sens or Spezza. Of course, after a number of free agents sign next week, things could loosen up again. The Predators are said to be looking for a number one pivot to team with newly-acquired James Neal. Spezza could fit the bill if he would agree to waive his no-trade provision to Nashville. Stay tuned.

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

The Jason Spezza hunt reportedly has five interested teams.

It's believed that St. Louis, Anaheim, Phoenix, Nashville and Florida have contacted the Senators with offers for the club's captain. The Predators were reportedly on his list of teams he wouldn't accept a trade to, though. Ottawa's scouts are prepared if Ottawa lands a first-round pick in the 2104 NHL Entry Draft in a trade for Spezza. The Senators would've had the 10th overall pick, but it was dealt to Anaheim in the Bobby Ryan trade.

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

Jason Spezza's no-trade list reportedly includes the Nashville Predators.

Spezza probably would've been a good fit for the Preds, who could desperately use some firepower and playmakers up front. However the Ottawa captain apparently doesn't want to be traded there. His no-trade list also includes all of the other Canadian teams, the New York Islanders, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Anaheim and St. Louis are widely believed to be the frontrunners to land Spezza.

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

Any trade involving Jason Spezza may have to wait until a few other dominoes fall in the NHL center market.

Brad Richards is now a free agent after his contract was bought out by the Rangers and the Canucks' Ryan Kesler and the Sharks' Joe Thornton also appear to be on the trade market. If Paul Stastny is not signed by the Avalanche in the next nine days, he will become an unrestricted free agent. So there are plenty of options for teams looking to add a top line pivot.

Jason Spezza C DAL 3 Months

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray said two teams have made serious offers for Jason Spezza.

According to sources, those two squads are believed to be St. Louis and Anaheim. "There are certain teams that have called, shown some interest and discussing the possibility, but that's about it," said Murray. "All we do in our business is investigate. When there is a request by a player you investigate possibilities, talk about it, negotiate. And when you negotiate it sometimes takes a week, and not very often it's one phone call, it's many. It appears in this case it will be many." The Senators are trying to honor their captain's request to be traded.