The Ottawa Senators are reportedly in talks with left wing Milan Michalek about a new contract for the soon to be free agent.
Michalek will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 upon completion of a six year contract which included a salary of $6 million during the 2013-14 season.
Michalek saw ice time during all 82 games this season to score 17 goals and 39 points. Despite a slow start to the season, he rebounded nicely and had seven goals and five assists in his final 19 games.
Michalek was originally the sixth pick in the 2003 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks. During the summer of 2009 the Sharks traded him to the Senators for forward Dany Heatley. Michalek’s best season with the Senators was during the 2011-12 campaign when he scored a career high 35 goals and completed the season with 60 points.
Keeping Michalek will at least mean that they have a leading scorer staying with the franchise.
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Michalek’s linemate Jason Spezza is also on the market, however he is expected to move at or before next week’s NHL entry draft. Spezza has added Florida, Columbus, Nashville and the New York Islanders to the teams he refuses to be traded to. It seems that Anaheim or St. Louis are at the top of the list of teams he wishes to be traded to. In addition, Ales Hemsky rejected an offer from the Senators this week. It will be interesting to see whether the Senators will keep Michalek, yet be without both of his former linemates.
Needless to say, the Senators have a lot to consider throughout the coming weeks.
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