Havlat appears done in Ottawa

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Martin Havlat could be getting a change of address card this weekend.

Sources told the Sun yesterday that Senators GM John Muckler has been actively shopping Havlat, who has admitted he will test the unrestricted free-agent market next summer.

It's believed the Coyotes, Kings and Sharks have all shown interest in the 24-year-old Havlat, who will be seeking a big raise from the $2.6 million (all terms US) he made last season.

"Martin Havlat will be looking to sign a one-year deal and certainly is curious what kind of interest exists for him as an unrestricted free agent (next) summer," said Havlat's agent Allan Walsh, who was scheduled to meet with Muckler last night.

While Muckler was seen huddled with Phoenix GM Mike Barnett at the end of yesterday's GMs meetings, a league executive said the Coyotes are not going to give up gritty forward Shane Doan in exchange for Havlat. That's the player the Senators want, but it's doubtful that will happen.

The Kings might be willing to offer Alexander Frolov, while sources indicated the Sharks have interest, but don't have the ability to make the deal. Another possibility is a trade with the Hurricanes to get winger Erik Cole.

AROUND THE BOARDS: There are whispers the Lightning is closing in on a deal for Columbus G Marc Denis. The talk is they'll send F Fred Modin to the Jackets in exchange for Denis because Columbus is ready to settle on G Pascal Leclaire ... Are the Flames ready to flip D Jordan Leopold to the Sabres for W Tomas Vanek? That was some of the chatter going around yesterday. The Flames would like to add more scoring up front. The Sabres need defencemen because they could lose D Jay McKee as an UFA ... The Habs and G Cristobal Huet are close to a deal. A decision could be made in the next 24 hours on whether he'll remain in Montreal ... Detroit captain Steve Yzerman hasn't made a decision on his future, but the club is willing to give him until September to decide whether he wants to return for another season. Put it this way: The Wings want Yzerman back because he can still contribute.

IN THE LOBBY: Don't rule out ex-Leafs coach Pat Quinn being behind the bench in Boston. While there's some concern about how much power he might have, the word is Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is preparing for a second interview with Quinn. Though it's Chiarelli's choice to decide who he's going to hire, Quinn has the backing of Boston president Harry Sinden. Chiarelli interviewed former Detroit coach Dave Lewis yesterday. The Bruins haven't officially told coach Mike Sullivan he's being fired, but that will be coming shortly ... By the way, the Senators will have the No. 68 pick overall in the third round of today's draft from the Bruins as compensation for allowing them to hire Chiarelli ... Before flying back to Sweden last night, Detroit D Nicklas Lidstrom and his agent, Don Meehan, sat down with Wings GM Ken Holland to discuss a contract for next season ... Don't be surprised if the Oilers decide to send Pronger back to the Blues. The club hasn't been the same without him, but could have a tough time meeting the asking price. There's also speculation that the Oilers might deal him to Florida in exchange for G Roberto Luongo ... The Lightning has been offering W Martin St. Louis around the league. There's talk the Bolts tried to send St. Louis to the Sharks for G Evgeni Nabokov, but San Jose was worried St. Louis' $6.5 million salary would cause a major crimp in its numbers against the cap.


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