The Senators could be shopping a forward, plus an update on the Red Wings ongoing quest for a defenseman with a right-handed shot.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators were working on a deal for another forward around the time they shipped Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars. The deal has since either fallen through or been placed on the back burner for now. Garrioch cites sources claiming wingers Colin Greening and Eric Condra are being made available. What happens with them could determine if winger Mike Hoffman starts the season with the Senators.
OTTAWA SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have started contract extension talks with forwards Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur and defenseman Marc Methot. The three are eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. The club is also reportedly close to re-signing goaltender Robin Lehner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The most important of these will be Ryan, who could be the biggest fish in next summer’s UFA pond and could command a seven-year deal worth over $7 million per season. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ryan camp opted to wait and see how this season unfolds before committing to a long-term deal with the Senators.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the Red Wings will continue to scour the free agent and trade market for a right-handed defenseman, but they could also look to within to address that need. Possible trade targets include Washington’s Mike Green, Buffalo’s Tyler Myers and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. Michael Del Zotto is available in the UFA market but he’s a left-handed shot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Latest word out of Washington claimed the Capitals want to retain Green and see how he performs for new head coach Barry Trotz. If the Sabres shop Myers they’ll set a very high price for him. I doubt they’re interested in moving him now. The Oilers are likely to start the season with Petry and see how things unfold before making any decisions on his future.