Volchenkov wanted to stay

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

Anton Volchenkov says his first choice was to stay in Ottawa.

The defenceman, who signed a six-year, $25.5 million free-agent deal to join the New Devils on July 1, told the Newark Star-Ledger he would have preferred to remain in Ottawa.

I would have liked to stay in Ottawa. My next choice was to find a good place for me, Volchenkov told the Star-Ledger Thursday.

(The Senators) made me an offer, not good enough, Volchenkov said. Thats why I didnt sign with Ottawa.

I talked to my wife. This is not too far from friends. I spent eight years in Ottawa. I have lots of friends there. This is tough, but its part of the business. I dont like changing teams, but its hockey.