The Three-Way Deal:Sens, Hawks, Kings In Talk

Mary MimiCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2008

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray might make his biggest move as the Sens GM as soon as this week. A hot rumour has him discussing a three-way deal with the  Chicago Blackhawks and the L.A. Kings.

Ottawa would trade goalie Martin Gerber and defenceman Andrej Meszaros to L.A, the Kings would send young centre Anze Kopitar to Chicago and the Senators would get goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and one of the two young blue-liners, Cam Barker and Brent Seabrook, to the capital of Canada.

Looks like it might be a situation that's pretty rare—that everybody win.

Andrej Meszaros, the 22-year-old Czech defenceman, a restricted free agent, is looking for a raise of salary in the $3.5M range, was the team's top scoring defenceman last season. But his play slipped down after his great rookie season.

Martin Gerber, entering the last year of the three-year $3.7M deal in 2008-2009. GM Bryan Murray would like to move him now before lose him next July as an unrestricted free agent, if he could get a No.1 goalie back in return.

Nikolai Khabibulin is a veteran goalie who played 12 seasons and earned himself a Stanley Cup ring with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, will earn $6.75M next season, also stated to become a unrestricted free agent. Last season, he posted a 23-20-6 record, a 2.63 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. The Blackhawks had signed G Christobal Huet to a four-year, $22.5M free agent contract earlier this month.

Cam Barker was the 3rd overall pick of the 2004 draft. He has played only 81 games in the past two seasons, had 6 goals, 12 assists and 52 PIMs in the last season. The 6-foot-3, 22-year-old is scheduled to make $2,768,587 for the '08-'09 season.

Brent Seabrook carries a three-year $3.5M contract. As a 23-year-old, he had his career high with nine goals and 23 assists (32 points) last season and probably will attract the Sens.

We'll all see if the deal is going to be made, and we'll see who get the most of it.