Two teams have made serious trade offers for Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza, general manager Bryan Murray told reporters Thursday, but a transaction won't be made unless Murray gets what he's looking for in return.
"There are certain teams that have called, shown some interest and discussing the possibility, but that's about it," Murray said.
"All we do in our business is investigate. When there is a request by a player you investigate possibilities, talk about it, negotiate. And when you negotiate it sometimes takes a week, and not very often it's one phone call, it's many. It appears in this case it will be many."
"I have to be somewhat satisfied and I don't think when you trade a player of Jason's caliber that you ever win," Murray said. "I know that. I think we try to get the best return we can and if it's not satisfactory we can't do it. He has a year left on his contract."
The second pick in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Senators, Spezza had 23 goals and 66 points in 75 games this season. The 31-year-old is a four-time 30-goal scorer and has scored 70 or more points five times.
Spezza requested a trade after the Senators missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for only the third time in his 11 NHL seasons.
"I'm always disappointed that we haven't been able to satisfy players, be it Jason or any other player that has asked for a trade," Murray said "It's probably a little more commonplace now. I've talked to a few managers and there are a couple other players in the League that are fairly high-profile and wouldn't mind moving. Yes, it's disappointing but you have to try to put the players in a competitive situation, try to show them that you're winning or you can win, and if that doesn't do it you do what you have to do."
With the NHL Draft on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, it's possible a Spezza trade could happen in the next week, but Murray isn't committing to sooner rather than later.
"Of course, any time you feel you have to make a trade or you want to make a trade, the earlier the better," he said. "But you may not get the same value in return. I'm not going to rush into it just for the sake of rushing into it to get it out of the way. I'm going to get what I think the value is for Jason Spezza."