NHL Trade Rumors: Ottawa Senators and Chris Phillips Will Go Down To The Wire
NHL Trade Rumors: Ottawa Senators and Chris Phillips Having Contract Talks
The "will he or won't he" question continues to swirl around Chris Phillips and the Ottawa Senators as the trading deadline draws near.
It's no longer a question of what the Senators will do, but rather what the Senators want to do. Because for all the talk about the Senators possibly trading Phillips, they're now meeting with him about a contract extension.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun (who's been all over the Chris Phillips watch) reported the two sides have talked about an extension, possibly for three years. But he stressed that if they can't get something done, he could be in play.
But it's not a question about whether or not Phillips wants to stay, because he's publicly stated that he wants to stay. But rather, it's a question about whether the Senators really do want to go through with this rebuild.
And my guess is they don't know themselves.
Because trading Phillips, one of the few pieces left from the Eastern Conference Championship team and those talented Sens teams who could never get by Toronto would do that. It opens the door to trading Jason Spezza and even Daniel Alfredsson.
If the Senators really wanted to keep Phillips they'd find a way to, just like if they really wanted to trade him they'd find a way to. They won't make a decision about Phillips until they're completely sure what they want to do.
And my guess is they'll take the next week figuring that out.
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