McCauley won't be used as bait

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Scratch Alyn McCauley's name off your wish list, Senators fans.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson has made it known he'll be a buyer in the runup to today's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, which means McCauley, a former 67's star centre, won't be making a return to Ottawa.

Though the Senators were in a group of teams -- which included the Canadiens -- that coveted McCauley, they'll have to look elsewhere.

There was talk the Senators might make a pitch for Pittsburgh forwards Mark Recchi and/or Ryan Malone, while the name of Chicago forward Tyler Arnason also surfaced.

Here's the latest scuttlebutt with today's deadline looming:

- The Senators won't move Ds Zdeno Chara or Wade Redden. Instead, they've decided to keep both potential unrestricted free agents around and try to sign them before they can bolt the team on July 1. There was a sense the Senators might try to force one -- or both -- into signing a new deal by today, but it doesn't appear that will happen.

- The Sharks, Devils, Flyers and Senators have all held talks with the Penguins about acquiring Malone. The asking price is a high draft pick.

- Keep an eye on Nashville because the Predators consider themselves a Stanley Cup contender. The club is desperate to get help for the blue line and is in a group of teams after Washington's Brendan Witt, who has wanted out all year. The Leafs and Rangers are also interested in acquiring the Caps' rugged captain. Sources say there is a bidding war going on for Witt and Caps GM George McPhee is telling potential suitors the prices will only go up today.

- The Wild is demanding a king's ransom for D Willie Mitchell. The Canucks are interested, but Vancouver GM David Nonis is having a difficult time choking back Minny's asking price of a No. 1 pick and a top prospect. The Flyers are also looking for blue-line help, but they aren't going to give up F Mike Richards in return.

- The Canucks are getting plenty of calls about W Todd Bertuzzi, but they want a goalie and defenceman in return if they're going to make a move. Talk won't go away the Flyers are interested, but they deny it. St. Louis W Keith Tkachuk remains a fit in Philly if the Flyers can clear salary. The Senators made inquiries about Bertuzzi, but don't consider themselves a contender to acquire the troubled forward.

- The Canucks and Lightning have both held talks with the Coyotes about G Curtis Joseph. The Bolts badly want a netminder and may also hold talks with the Leafs about Ed Belfour. Leafs GM John Ferguson would like to move Belfour. Sources say the Oilers were interested but couldn't meet the high asking price so they decided to get Dwayne Roloson from the Wild yesterday instead.

- The Thrashers are trying to move C Marc Savard. There's talk the Flyers and Flames are interested. Savard will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and hasn't been able to get a contract done with Atlanta.


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