Supposedly the talks continue wrt Spezza being traded and we hear the Oil are again a possible partner. I would have rather seen Murray deal with this thing completely different from the start - say start with after the end of season meetings standing up to the media and defending his number one center, etc, etc.
But, if we have to consider trades, and with the Oilers specifically I think we are looking at a few certainties. One, the Sens want players back and will take salary in return. Two, they want a good young prospect.
I've been playing with CapGeek and would propose the following:
Spezza (7.0), Kelly (2.1)
Horcoff (5.5), Penner (4.5), and Eberle
We get a premium prospect and two top six forwards. The Oil save a million in cap space and get a number one center for Hemsky/Hall. We'd have 6.2 in cap space still for a Volchekov. I didn't put Cheechoo's salary in the calculations for Ottawa btw.
Maybe I've been reading Lowetide too much but I don't think Horcoff's contract is that bad (the Oil have simply been horrendous and he's asked to play against all the top lines). He can still play as our top center with the right linemates.
I'll say again - I'd prefer we didn't move Spezza but maybe that train has already left the station.