Aw, Mats!

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

The Senators have mixed feelings about Mats Sundin staying in Toronto.

While sources say the Senators felt they had a realistic shot at acquiring Sundin if he was willing to waive his no-trade clause, Ottawa is relieved the star centre wasn't dealt to Detroit, Anaheim or Montreal.

If Sundin was willing to accept a deal, the indication is he would have been sent to Detroit, Montreal or Ottawa. Sundin had no interest in heading West.

Sources say Senators GM Bryan Murray and Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher had discussed a trade, but there were never any serious talks because Sundin wouldn't waive his clause.

OFF THE GLASS

Panthers GM Jacques Martin, assistant GM Randy Sexton and former player Joe Nieuwendyk -- a consultant to the GM -- met with owner Alan Cohen yesterday to plot their course of action. It's believed the Stars, Flames, Ducks and Wild have all made a pitch for Florida captain Olli Jokinen, who is being shopped. The Stars have been among the most aggressive because co-GM Brett Hull wants to make a big move at the deadline. Jokinen might not be opposed to a deal. Sources say Cohen has insisted that he won't allow Jokinen to be dealt ... Talk won't go away that Calgary LW Alex Tanguay will be dealt to Montreal for RW Michael Ryder. Flames GM Darryl Sutter insisted yesterday that he's not going to deal Tanguay -- a vow that comes as a surprise to people watching the Calgary situation.

AROUND THE BOARDS

A lot of talk is surrounding Toronto D Bryan McCabe, who might be willing to waive his no-movement clause. The word is the Isles and Philly have both shown interest. McCabe likely wouldn't accept a deal to a Western club ... There's been little talk about Pittsburgh LW Ryan Malone, who's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. While it's unlikely Malone will be dealt, the Senators, Stars and Wild have all made a pitch ... The Panthers are also trying to move D Steve Montador. There's talk he asked to be dealt ... Lightning brass -- including the outgoing ownership group and new owner Oren Koules -- met yesterday to decide whether to sign D Dan Boyle to a six-year contract worth an average of $6.5 million US per season or deal C Brad Richards. The belief is Richards, who has three years left at $7.8 million per season, could be dealt to Columbus as early as today. Boyle could be a rental player. The Sharks, Rangers and Senators are the frontrunners.

RUMOURS DU JOUR

Kings D Rob Blake could be dealt to the Avs, although he has refused to waive his no-trade clause ... There has been talk in NHL circles that the Senators may again ask D Wade Redden if he's interested in moving. Listening to Murray lately, that seems highly doubtful. Redden killed a deal to the Sharks for D Matt Carle and a draft pick earlier this month ... The Sabres have to make a decision on D Brian Campbell, who's also set to become an unrestricted free agent. The Flyers, Bruins, Senators, Sharks, Rangers, Devils and Ducks have tried to acquire Campbell. There's talk now the Sabres might just have to suck it up and see if they can sign Campbell at the end of the season ... Hal Gill was a healthy scratch last night for the Leafs. He could be headed to the Penguins ...

The Isles are working on an extension for RW Miroslav Satan. Don't be surprised if he stays put ... The Kings are trying to move D Tom Preissing ... The Hawks will likely move C Tuomo Ruutu. The Penguins, Senators and Stars have all shown interest ... The Flames have been shopping LW Kristian Huselius. He could be headed back to the Panthers ... The Kings will likely move D Brad Stuart. He could go to a club looking for blue-line help, such as the Senators or Wild if the asking price is right ... While Vancouver's Markus Naslund is set to become an unrestricted free agent, it's doubtful he'll be dealt today. The Canucks want to put better players around him.

Enjoy the trade deadline.


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