No draft deal for Spezza

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Jason Spezza won't be going to La La Land or anywhere else for that matter.

With all 30 GMs in town for the NHL draft, talk surfaced late yesterday that the Senators were going to send Spezza to the Kings, along with the No. 18 selection in exchange for the No. 2 selection and possibly centre Mike Cammalleri.

No chance, said Senators GM Bryan Murray, who signed Spezza to a seven-year, $49-million (all terms US) contract extension that kicks in on July 1.

"You guys make up more stories than I can ever imagine. I don't know where this stuff comes from," said Murray. "All that I know, at this point in time, that's not going to happen."

While Murray wants to move up in the draft, he threw water on the trade talk yesterday, indicating it's doubtful he'll do anything because the asking prices are too high.

Sources say Murray held discussions with the teams holding the top six picks -- the Lightning, Kings, Thrashers, Blues, Islanders and Blue Jackets -- but quickly realized it was going to cost two roster players and Ottawa can't afford to pay that price.

"The few teams I talked to weren't very interested in giving up a top pick unless they got a real top-end player and we don't have that kind of player that I want to give up," said Murray. "There's a fair amount of conversation going on about trades and stuff, whether there's any urgency to do it today or tomorrow, I don't know, but there's certainly discussion."

The Senators are convinced they're going to get a strong player. The pick won't likely step in next year, but assistant GM Tim Murray said they will have something strong down the road.

Tim Murray said the club has a list of "four to five players" to choose from and they're not afraid to draft a goaltender.

"We've done our homework. We've seen them lots and we've got guys that we'd be really happy with," said Tim Murray. "We've got at least three goalies we like in the first round. Depending on how the draft goes, I don't think it would be a shock if we took a goalie with our first pick."

FINAL OFFER TO KELLY

The Senators, meanwhile, are trying to re-sign centre Chris Kelly before he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but his agent, Pat Morris, said no deal is imminent. It's believed the Senators have given Kelly a take it or leave it offer and want an answer in the next 24 hours.

Sources say Kelly is seeking a four-year deal in excess of $2.2 million a season and the Senators aren't going to ante up that kind of money. It's believed the Senators have offered an average of $1.7 million per season.

"We like Chris and we'd like him to stay in Ottawa, however, it's got to make sense for us and for him," said Bryan Murray.

As for goaltender Ray Emery, Murray hasn't ruled out trading him this weekend because there are teams interested and if nothing happens, he'll officially begin the buyout process on Sunday.

Murray said he tried to trade the rights to defenceman Wade Redden, who would have to waive his no-trade clause to complete a deal, before he becomes a UFA but couldn't find any takers.


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