Senators captain Jason Spezza's popularity on the rise as NHL draft approaches

Five teams are believed to be in pursuit of Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza. (DARREN BROWN/QMI...

Five teams are believed to be in pursuit of Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:57 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA - Jason Spezza's popularity has certainly increased.

With just over 24 hours until Round 1 of the NHL entry draft Friday at the Wells Fargo Center, Senators GM Bryan Murray was fielding phone calls Wednesday morning.

It's believed as many as five teams -- including St. Louis, Anaheim, Phoenix, Nashville and Florida -- have made calls on the Ottawa captain. The club is mulling over what route to take.

With Spezza requesting a trade, the Senators would like to have a deal in place by Friday, but the club would like to get a No. 1 pick to replace the one Ottawa gave up in the deal for Bobby Ryan with Anaheim last summer.

Murray along with assistant GM's Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee were expected to sit down Wednesday to discuss the different scenarios because this is a deal that has a chance to be a game-changer.

The Senators will be well-prepared if they do get a No. 1 pick because they've known since the end of the season the possibility of trading Spezza this week existed when he asked to be dealt.


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