Free agents ponder next step

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

Tom Preissing wasn't a happy camper yesterday.

The Senators defenceman wasn't pleased that he finished the season on the bench and was hardly used during the third period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

"The way the season ended was really sour for me," said Preissing. "So, it's tough for me right now."

An unrestricted free agent on July 1, Preissing is in line for a hefty raise from the $600,000 US he earned this season. While he said it "would be tough to leave" Ottawa, Preissing didn't sound very convincing when asked if he wanted to come back.

"I was happy with 99.9% of the things that happened here," he said. "I think you can figure the other things out.

''At this point, we only lost a couple of days ago and I really haven't given it any thought."

Centre Dean McAmmond and winger Mike Comrie, who was acquired from Phoenix in January, can also offer their services around the NHL as unrestricted free agents.

"I'd like to be back here,'' said McAmmond. ''I've had a lot of wishes and I keep moving around, but I'd just like to stay put."

Comrie, who will likely get an offer from Washington and attention from the Los Angeles Kings, also said he'd be happy to come back.

"It's a great place to play and I love it here and it would be one of my top choices,'' he said, ''but the team makes the decision."


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