When speaking to the media the other day, Senators General Manager Bryan Murray indicated that Milan Michalek was the only unrestricted free agent they were trying to sign and that they had already had conversations with his agent Allen Walsh.
The question now becomes- how much are they willing to pay?
With Spezza and Hemsky both heading elsewhere, Murray is probably thinking it might not be such a bad idea to try and keep Michalek around. Despite his injury-issues, Michalek is still a decent option in the team’s top six and with some pretty obvious openings at the wing position, keeping Michalek makes some sense. But not at any cost. Can’t help but think that they may look to offer him something similar to what Ales Hemsky was offered. 3 years/$10 million. Although maybe they’ll try a little less than that.
I find it sort of interesting that the Senators are open to a new contract with Michalek considering they apparently tried to deal him a few times before and during this past season. Although part of that may have had to do with the fact that Michalek was making $6,000,000 in real dollars last season.
Michalek is going to have a decision to make. Does he test the market and try to get a little more dollar and term than he would get here in Ottawa? Phoenix had interest throughout the season. I believe the Islanders kicked tires on him at the Draft last year.
What would you offer Milan Michalek?
Daily Spezza Update
It’s hard to imagine there will be a day between now and the Draft when there isn’t a Spezza update to share. Today, we have a little more information on his no trade list, as it apparently also includes Florida, Columbus, Nashville and the New York Islanders. Nashville is obviously the disappointing one in that list as they were rumoured to have interest. Earlier this week, Garrioch suggested that Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg were all on there too. That covers eight of the ten teams on Spezza’s no trade list.