Sens name trading price

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Take your pick, or your prospect, Senators fans.

Senators GM Bryan Murray told Sun Media yesterday that he'll be looking to acquire prospects and draft picks in any deal he makes by next Wednesday's NHL trade deadline -- particularly for pending unrestricted free agents Chris Neil and Filip Kuba.

Murray also confirmed he'll meet face-to-face with Neil and Kuba in the next couple of days to see if there's anything that can break the stalemate in contract talks with both players before the Senators make a trade.

"I can't really say definitely (they'll be traded)," said Murray. "I have talked to their agents and I haven't talked to the individual players really, which I'd like to do before I make a final decision ... but very definitely people are calling and asking about a number of players on our team. The unrestricted guys are the first that they ask about."

Neil reiterated yesterday that he wants to remain with the Senators.

"There's not much I can do about it. Whatever happens, happens. Hopefully, I can get something done here to stay in Ottawa and I can stay here a long time," said Neil. "That's the goal, but it's got to be right for both sides. It's got to be right for the Senators and for me.

"If it's pretty close (then a contract will get done). If not, (Murray) has got to do what he's got to do. It's between my agent (Todd Reynolds) and (Murray). I kind of stay out of it. Obviously, I have the final say because my agent reports to me at the end of it, but they've got some talking to do. Hopefully, we can get something resolved."

LOOKING FOR BIG RAISES

It's believed Neil, 29, is asking for about $2.5 million (all terms US) per season on a long-term deal, with the Senators offering $1.5 million. Kuba, 32, is looking for a bump from the $3 million he is earning this season to something in the $4-million range.

While Kuba would have to waive his no-movement clause for any deal to go down, Neil hasn't played for any other NHL team besides the Senators.

There is plenty of interest in both players. Sources say the Sharks, Oilers, Red Wings and Penguins have all shown interest in Neil, who hasn't played since lacerating his calf on Feb. 7.

Neil hinted he wouldn't mind the chance to make a run for the Cup.

"There's not much you can do about it. If it was closer to July 1, I'd have more say in where I was going," said Neil. "If I do get moved, it will be to a team that's in the playoffs as of right now and there'd be a good opportunity to go deep in the playoffs.

"If I'm able to stay in Ottawa, that's where my heart is and that's where I want to be. They always say the grass isn't always greener on the other side, but I've got no control over that."

It's believed there are also a couple of teams looking at blueliner Christoph Schubert.

Murray said the phone calls have picked up in the past 48 hours.

"There are more calls from real interested parties that are definitely contenders looking at teams like ourselves, on the outside looking in," said Murray.


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