Marian Hossa is ready to go to war with the Senators to get what he wants.
Hossa told the Sun yesterday he turned down a three-year deal -- sources say it was worth $11.5 million (all figures US) -- from the Senators last week.
If he's going to sign a long-term contract with Ottawa, he wants close to the $21 million over three years that Jarome Iginla got from Calgary.
Instead of settling on a deal, Hossa will likely file for arbitration -- along with teammate Martin Havlat -- at today's 5 p.m. deadline, accept a one-year contract from an arbitrator and then shop himself around as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
"We're at a dead point right now," said Hossa, who was scheduled to make $3.45 million last season. "We are nowhere. They offered me a three-year contract, but it wasn't good enough.
"It wasn't anywhere close to my comparables. If you look at my points the last two seasons, they've been close to Iginla and (Boston's Joe) Thornton.
"I'm not pissed off. You know me, I'm not that type of guy. I love the city of Ottawa, I love the fans there. I want to be part of that team for a long time. I just want to be paid what I feel is a fair amount and I don't want to settle for less."
Ideally, the Senators would like to get Hossa and defencemen Wade Redden and Zdeno Chara signed to long-term contracts because all three will be eligible to be unrestricted free agents next summer.
Sources say representatives for Redden and Chara have both been approached in the last 10 days by Senators assistant GM Peter Chiarelli about doing extensions from 3-5 years. Both players are under contract for this season.
The 26-year-old Hossa is a different story. He led the club in scoring in the 2003-04 season with 36 goals and 46 assists.
"It's very exciting that he could be an unrestricted free agent," said Hossa's agent Jiri Crha. "There would be a lot of teams that would want him."
As for Havlat, he is two years away from unrestricted free agency and could also do well at arbitration. He was scheduled to make $2.3 million last season and it's believed the club would like him to accept his qualifying offer.
Centre Mike Fisher and winger Chris Neil both have rights to arbitration, but aren't expected to file.
Sources say the Senators are close to a two-year deal with D Anton Volchenkov worth $2.5-$3 million. He signed with Lada Togliatti in the Russian league, but has as escape clause until Aug. 31.