Chara still hopeful for new deal

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

Zdeno Chara wants to stay.

The Senators defenceman said yesterday he doesn't want to leave Ottawa, but isn't sure if he'll have a new contract in place before he's eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.

Senators GM John Muckler has said he will try to keep Chara and teammate Wade Redden from testing the open market, but the two sides aren't allowed to sign a new deal until after Jan. 1.

"I want to stay in Ottawa, but nothing is going to happen right now.," said Chara yesterday. "I would think it would have to happen sometime during the season, but you never know. That's not something that's up to me. I'm going to leave that up to my agent (Matt Keator)."

ALFIE LIKES TED: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said he was happy NHL Players' Association executive director Ted Saskin has asked for a secret ballot to review his position. "This was Ted's idea," said Alfredsson. "He had the support on the (Aug. 31) conference call, but he wanted to make sure that everybody was okay with him being the executive director. Hopefully, we'll be able to put this all behind us." Saskin has been surrounded by controversy after several players -- led by retired Los Angeles winger Trent Klatt -- complained the NHLPA's constitution wasn't followed by union president Trevor Linden when Saskin was hired to replace Bob Goodenow.

HAVLAT UNDER WEATHER: Senators LW Martin Havlat didn't take his medical yesterday because he's battling the flu. "I've been on antibiotics. I feel like I haven't skated all summer," said Havlat.


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