Sens eye Jackets' Brassard

Columbus Blue Jackets Derick Brassard, right, is congratulated by teammate Kris Russell after...

Columbus Blue Jackets Derick Brassard, right, is congratulated by teammate Kris Russell after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period on December 27, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (John Grieshop/Getty Images/AFP)

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

The Senators could be ready to take their search for a second-line centre to the next level.

While Nick Foligno played between Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes, the decision to send Stephane Da Costa to their AHL affiliate has left the club short on depth in the middle until Peter Regin returns from a shoulder injury in January.

The Senators are one of four teams believed to be interested in Columbus Blue Jackets centre Derick Brassard, a Gatineau native who was a healhty scratch Sunday vs. the St. Louis Blues.

The stumbling block for Senators GM Bryan Murray is Brassard's $3.2-million salary for two more seasons.

The Senators, and everybody else in the league, have pretty much closed the hook on Phoenix centre Kyle Turris, who ended his holdout last week.

The asking price won't be much for Brassard and he could make sense for Ottawa.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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