Senators interested in O'Neill

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

OSHAWA -- While the Maple Leafs make their pre-season debut in Edmonton tomorrow, Jeff O'Neill sits and waits.

Could the free-agent sniper, who spent the past two seasons with Toronto, be headed to the Ottawa Senators?

O'Neill's agent, Ian Pulver, told Sun Media yesterday that discussions have been held with Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

The Sens are looking for a goal-scoring winger to complement Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley and reportedly wanted to meet face-to-face with O'Neill, 31. But the King City native is said to still be mulling over his future.

"Jeff O'Neill continues to review all of his options," Pulver said.

ROAD WARRIORS

Leafs coach Paul Maurice must subscribe to the old notion of: "Give the people what they want."

Maurice said yesterday he will ice as many players as possible with western ties tomorrow in Edmonton.

On Wednesday, Maurice said he will have all the players with ties to Winnipeg in the lineup when the Leafs take on the Phoenix Coyotes there. The Coyotes, of course, are the former Winnipeg Jets.

WELCOME TO LEAFS NATION

For newcomers such as Jason Blake, Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell, playing in front of a packed house for a scrimmage like they did yesterday was a new experience.

And a welcomed one.

"After being on Long Island for so long and then getting such a warm greeting as a Toronto Maple Leaf, it's really encouraging," Blake said. "I've been looking forward to this."


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