Report: Flames make pitch to Senators; Spezza 'has no desire whatsoever to stay in Canada'

Ian McLaren

The Calgary Flames made an offer to the Ottawa Senators for center Jason Spezza, but according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, League sources indicate the deal is unlikely to come to fruition for two distinct reasons: the offer isn't good enough, and Spezza is looking to move south of the border.

The Flames are believed to be offering forwards Jiri Hudler and Mikael Backlund, and possibly defenseman Dennis Wideman along with one of their several second and third-round picks; this offer falls short of Ottawa's asking price of a top-six forward, a highly-ranked prospect and a first-round pick in 2014.

Either way, Spezza likely wouldn't sign off any any deal that would send him to Alberta, as per Garrioch. 

Sources say the Flames, Canucks, Oilers and Jets are among those on Spezza's list of 10 teams where he doesn't want to end up. The status of the Maple Leafs and Canadiens isn't known but he wouldn't be dealt to either of those places.

As such, St. Louis and Anaheim remain firmly in the running for the Ottawa captain.

Click here for 3 potential landing spots for Spezza.