Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Ottawa Senators are working to keep left wing and impending unrestricted free agent Milan Michalek with the team.
Sources said the Senators and Michalek are in discussions about a new contract. Michalek can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after completing a six-year deal.
Michalek’s current contract carried an average annual value of $4.33 million, including a salary of $6 million in 2013-14.
Michalek played in all 82 games this season, bouncing back after a slow start to score 17 goals and 39 points.
He had seven goals and five assists in his final 19 games while playing on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.
Taken by the San Jose Sharks with the sixth pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, Michalek came to the Senators in the summer of 2009 in a trade that sent forward Dany Heatley to San Jose.
His best season with the Senators came in 2011-12, when he scored a career-high 35 goals and finished with 60 points. However, he missed much of the 2012-13 season with knee problems and finished with four goals and 14 points in 23 games.