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April 10, 2014 | 10:53am ET
Decisions to make on Michalek, Spezza
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Senators plan on tinkering with their roster this off-season and while the writing may be on the wall for one player, a big decision must be made on another.

Senators left wing Milan Michalek is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and may not be offered a contract extension.

Michalek told the Ottawa Sun he'd like to stay with the club, but the feeling may not be mutual.

"I like it here but I also understand I didn't have good season so I don't know what's going to happen," he told the paper.

"I don't know whether they want to re-sign me or not. I really like it here, the guys in the room and the city, so I would like to stay here if possible. We'll see what happens."

While Michalek admits it's been a "disappointing year" production wise for him, he may be testing the waters July 1.

If the Senators were to re-sign Michalek, though, it would come at a pay decrease from the $4.333 million salary cap hit on his current deal.

Meanwhile, Senators GM Bryan Murray must decide what to do with captain Jason Spezza, who has one-year remaining on his contract beyond this season.

The Senators had conversations with several clubs about Spezza's availability, including the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues, prior to the Mar. 5 trade deadline, and multiple sources have told TFP that Murray will resume talks this off-season.

Whether the Sens receive an offer they deem worthy of accepting, though, is another matter.

It's unclear what Murray is asking for in exchange for Spezza, who has a full no-trade clause and will have a say in where he ends up, if dealt.


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