Sens the Marian kind?

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

The calm before the storm may have ended late last night with the news that Mats Sundin has told the Toronto Maple Leafs he will not waive his no-trade clause.

A lot of GMs -- especially those in Detroit, Anaheim, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal -- were waiting to see if the Leafs captain would agree to a trade.

With tomorrow's 3 p.m. trade deadline approaching, the NHL's 30 GMs were burning up phone lines last night and two league sources told the Sun the Senators are in the thick of the race for Thrashers winger Marian Hossa.

As Atlanta GM Don Waddell starts to weigh offers for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, it's believed the Senators and Montreal Canadiens are the frontrunners for Hossa. The Sharks, Ducks, Canucks, Wings and Rangers are also in the running.

It's believed the asking price for Hossa from the Senators will be winger Antoine Vermette, a prospect -- possibly Brian Lee, Nick Foligno or Ilja Zubov -- and a top draft pick.

"I was told the Senators and Habs have made strong offers," said an NHL executive.

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The Senators woke up today in second place in the Eastern Conference after the New Jersey Devils moved one point ahead with a 2-1 overtime victory over Washington.

Hossa isn't the only player Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking at. The belief is the Senators have held talks with Buffalo about defenceman Brian Campbell.

The Senators have also been linked to Chicago's Martin Lapointe and Columbus' Sergei Fedorov, but it's doubtful either player will end up in Ottawa.

Plenty of teams are bidding for Campbell, who turned down a three-year, $17.25-million offer from the Sabres Thursday. The Flyers, Bruins, Sharks, Wings and Devils are also involved. The rumours don't stop there:

- Tampa C Brad Richards: The Lightning asked him to waive his "no-trade" clause and he agreed to consider it. The Canucks, Jackets and Hawks are interested. Sources say a deal to send Richards to the Hawks for goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been discussed, while the Canucks' package would include prospect Luc Bourdon.

- Isles C Mike Comrie and RW Miroslav Satan: The belief is Comrie rejected the latest contract offer from New York and will likely be dealt -- possibly to Philly. As for Satan, he won't comment on whether he's negotiating an extension with Isles.

- Tampa D Dan Boyle and C Vaclav Prospal: Both are scheduled to become UFAs, but Boyle has essentially agreed to an extension. If the club can't move Richards, then Boyle could be moved and return next season as a UFA. As for Prospal, eight teams -- including the Penguins, Sharks, Devils and Wings -- have talked to GM Jay Feaster.

- Florida C Olli Jokinen: There's talk the Predators, Ducks, Wild and Flames have each made a pitch. The Predators need help up front and the Wild might want to bring in an impact player at the deadline.


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