Plenty of suitors for Senators captain Jason Spezza

This could be the last time Jason Spezza is pictured with, from left, Senators president Cyril...

This could be the last time Jason Spezza is pictured with, from left, Senators president Cyril Leeder, general manager Bryan Murray, owner Eugene Melnyk, and head coach Paul MacLean. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 PM ET

There is no shortage of interest in Jason Spezza.

While the NHL entry draft won't be held until June 27 in Philadelphia, league sources say there are plenty of suitors for the Senators' captain, who probably wouldn't mind being moved.

Headed into the final year of his contract with a cap hit of $7 million ($4 million in real salary), it's believed as many as four teams have held talks with Senators GM Bryan Murray to express interest.

It's believed the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers can be added to the list of possible suitors that already includes the Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues, considered the frontrunner.

"That number is only going to grow," a league executive told the Sun Monday. "There will be lots of interest in a guy like Spezza. He's a good player.

"They're going to have to be very careful doing this deal because if they move him it's unlikely they are going to get a better player back."


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