Senator Free Agents 
A good reason why Muckler said they would be picking up Bondra's option - consider the Senator free agents at the end of this season (from here):

Daniel Alfredsson, (III)
Peter Bondra, (III)*
Jody Hull, (III)
Curtis Leschyshin, (III)
Todd Simpson, (III)
Shaun Van Allen, (III)

Andrew Allen, (VI)
Dean Melanson, (VI)
Serge Payer, (VI)
Petr Smrek, (VI)
Brad Tapper, (VI) (9)

Radek Bonk, (II)
Zdeno Chara, (II)
Denis Hamel, (II)
Martin Havlat, (II)
Shane Hnidy, (II)
Patrick Lalime, (II)
Brian Pothier, (II)
Chris Phillips, (II)
Martin Prusek, (II)
Karel Rachunek, (II)
Peter Schaeffer, (II)
Vaclav Varada, (II)

How much of a raise will Havlat, Chara, Phillips, and Schaeffer be looking for? Does adding more depth, at a reasonable $4.5 million for Bondra, hurt the bargaining positions of these players?

Not that anyone wants to talk about contracts at this time of the year but the interesting players from this list, in my opinion, are Bonk and Lalime - and of course Alfredsson. Bonk and Lalime have arbitration rights.

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