Nedved centre of attention for Sens?

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

With injuries to Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher and Antoine Vermette, the Senators could add Petr Nedved to their lineup today.

Sources say the Philadelphia Flyers recalled Nedved on Sunday because GM Paul Holmgren has been led to believe that Ottawa GM John Muckler is going to make a re-entry claim on the centre.

While the 35-year-old Nedved -- an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season -- is making $2.4 million, his actual cost to the Senators would be $600,000.

That's because the Flyers will be forced to pick up the other half of his deal. It's believed the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers are also interested.

"(Nedved) is very motivated to help somebody," said J.P. Barry, Nedved's agent, yesterday. "When he was given offensive duties with the Flyers, he excelled. He's a low-risk, high-reward option."

Nedved has seven points in 21 games with the Flyers this season. In 14 games with the AHL's Phantoms, he has 11 points. Philly just doesn't want him anymore.

"He's carried a great attitude down there," said Flyers coach John Stevens.

"Ottawa's had some injury situations and I'm sure they're looking for a veteran guy to come in and help them."

Vermette, who suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday's win over the Maple Leafs, had an MRI and is listed as day-to-day.

"He's feeling better than he did (Saturday)," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "(Vermette) said he got crosschecked.

"He said if he skates 70% he's fine, but if he tries to go all out he can feel it."


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