OTTAWA -- Filip Kuba is content in the capital.
As the clock ticks toward Wednesday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, Kuba has informed the Senators he'd like to stay put and the sides haven't had any discussions on the veteran defenceman waiving his no-movement clause.
While there's plenty of interest in Kuba from five or six different teams, his agent, Richard Evans, told Sun Media yesterday that he held talks with GM Bryan Murray as recently as Friday and the two sides remain focused on trying to get a contract done before the deadline.
"I told Bryan that our focus and our priority is on trying to get a deal done with Ottawa," Evans said. "Filip enjoys playing in Ottawa. He likes the city and he feels like the team should be better than it is right now and he's confident they can make the playoffs going forward. He wants to be part of it and that's what we're talking about right now."
Acquired from Tampa Bay in the deal that sent Andrej Meszaros south in September, Kuba, 31, has been one of the club's top defencemen this season. He is making $3 million U.S. and could be looking for a bump into the $4.5 million-range on a long-term deal.
That's where Murray has to be careful. The salary cap is going to remain in the area of $56.7 million next season, but it's expected to fall dramatically in the 2010-11 season when teams really start to feel the effects of the economic recession on their revenues.
League sources say Kuba will be a hot commodity. The Devils, Canucks, Flyers, Hawks, Flames, Wild and Capitals are all interested. Evans said he and Murray haven't even discussed the clause because Kuba's intent on staying with the Senators.
"We're focused on trying to get something done here," Evans said.
Naturally, that could change because the trade deadline means situations can change in a matter of minutes.
Talks to get winger Chris Neil re-signed have been fruitless which means unless he and the Senators have a change of heart he'll be packing his bags.
As many as 10 teams have called about Neil and it's believed only the San Jose Sharks have had serious discussions about the rugged winger. Reportedly, the Senators want a prospect and a second round pick in exchange for the 29-year-old Neil.