VANCOUVER -- The Senators are closing in on a new deal with defenceman Wade Redden.
And while sources say the club could announce the re-signing of Redden as early as today, the team has also made progress in talks with blueliner Zdeno Chara.
One source indicated Redden will likely sign a two- or three-year deal in the range of $6.25-million-to-$6.5-million (all terms US) per season, while it's believed Chara is being offered a similar deal.
In fact, a league source insisted that Redden's deal could be announced as early as today. Chara, on the other hand, is going to need more convincing.
"Redden wants to stay in Ottawa and I don't think he's going anywhere," said the source.
Chara might want to stay, too, but the scuttlebutt is he could get as much as $8 million on the open market.
"We're still talking with both players," said Senators GM John Muckler yesterday. "I guess we're going in the right direction in those talks. We'll have to see. We need to know before (July 1) what they're going to do."
Muckler admitted he toyed with the idea of getting Chara's agent Matt Keator and Redden's agent Don Meehan on the phone for dual discussions, but decided that wasn't the right approach .
"That was something we decided against," said Muckler. "We would like them both to stay. Hopefully, we can find a way to keep him."
Muckler said he will spend the weekend scouring the NHL's goalie market. At the moment, especially in light of Florida's Roberto Luongo being dealt to Vancouver last night, it appears the return of Dominik Hasek might be the Senators' best option.
Muckler admitted prior to Luongo being dealt the Senators were interested in the goalie.
The indications were, however, that it would have cost the Senators a package deal of Martin Havlat, Chris Phillips, Ray Emery and their No. 1 pick to get Luongo.
That's why Hasek might be the club's only choice. He's willing to play for a base salary of $500,000, plus bonuses.
"I haven't spoken to Dom ... I've had discussions with his agent Ritch Winter and (Hasek) wants to come back," said Muckler.
The Senators own the 28th pick in today's NHL draft, but Muckler hasn't ruled out trading up or out of the first round.
"There's a chance we might move up or (out), but that would depend on what we're able to get in return," said Muckler. "If we stay at No. 28, then we've got a chance to get a player who is going to play in the NHL.
"We'd like to find a way to get a goalie and there's really only one rated in the first round (Jonathan Bernier from Lewiston) and everybody seems to like him. If we stay where we are, he'd have to fall back to get to us. That's something we're going to have to take a look at."