Weight weighs in on Senators

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:00 PM ET

EDMONTON -- If Doug Weight is dealt to a contender at the trade deadline, he wouldn't mind one bit if it's the Senators.

The Blues centre, who becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, has a no-trade clause in his contract, but confirmed yesterday he'd gladly come to Ottawa.

Though Weight said he hasn't asked the Blues for a trade and hasn't been approached about a move either, he knows his status as a UFA means there's a good chance he'll be dealt.

"I will say this, if it comes down to having to make that decision, you look at a team like that with the two Danny's (Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley) and Jason (Spezza), they're very well coached, the defencemen are talented with (Zdeno) Chara, (Chris) Phillips and (Wade) Redden -- and you've got Dominik Hasek at the back and he's still playing for one reason," Weight told Pierre Lebrun of Canadian Press. "(Ottawa is) certainly an attractive spot. But I've heard a lot of different teams. You have to see what the team likes about you and what they want to do with you."

Senators GM John Muckler, who could be looking for depth at centre for the run to the playoffs, seemed surprised by Weight's comments, but wasn't going to discuss them for fear of tampering charges.

"I can't comment on Doug Weight because he's the property of another team," said Muckler.

Right now, Muckler isn't looking to make changes, but sources say he has held talks with the Blackhawks, who are getting ready to clean house.

As far as Weight goes, indications are Ottawa wouldn't be alone in its pursuit of him. There will be a host of teams -- including Calgary, Nashville, Toronto and Montreal -- all looking at Weight when St. Louis GM Larry Pleau decides to make a deal.

A HURTING BUNCH: Senators RW Brandon Bochenski, who returned from a shoulder injury in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Sharks, re-injured himself and likely won't suit up tonight against the Oilers. Bochenski hit the boards hard after he caught his toe in the ice during a shift in the first period and saw limited playing time after that. "No, I don't think I'll be ready (tonight). I didn't skate and it's pretty sore right now. It's frustrating, but it's not as bad as it was at first and I'm hoping I'll be okay for Monday (at Minnesota). I'm making the trip because I want to play," said Bochenski. But, he's not the only one hurting. Rugged W Chris Neil has a sore back after getting cross-checked against the Sharks and doesn't know if he's going to be ready, either. "I'm making the trip and I want to play. Hopefully, I'll be fine. I'm pretty sore," said Neil. Yes, there was some good news: D Christoph Schubert, who didn't suit up against the Sharks because of a hamstring injury, skated and should return.

UP AND AT IT: Senators C Jason Spezza, frustrated by a chest injury which has kept him out of action 10 games, will make a return to his minor hockey days this morning. Spezza is going to be on the ice in Kanata with assistant coach Randy Lee at 6:30 a.m. today and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow as he tries to make a return from the injury. "I'm going to have to go to bed about 8 p.m to make sure I get enough sleep," said Spezza, with a smile. But the frustration with the injury is no laughing matter for Spezza or the organization. There were reports Spezza has a torn tendon in his chest, but Senators coach Bryan Murray insisted that's not the case. "There's no tear. It's a slight pull and that's all it is," said Murray. "He's getting better, he's going to be skating and we're hoping to get him back as soon as we can."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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