Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza 'wouldn't object' to a trade if it happened, general manager Bryan Murray told reporters on Monday.
"He said he wouldn't object to it," Murray said. "He didn't come in and say, 'I have to be traded.' He didn't object to the fact that maybe it's time - the way (he's) been received - now maybe it's time."
Spezza has been the subject of trade rumours and speculation after the Senators since the team was elimiated in the first round of the playoffs. Adding more intrigue was a small fan rally on Parliament Hill over the weekend urging the Murray to keep the club's No. 1 centre.
Murray, who dealt star winger Dany Heatley last summer, added that a trade was not a sure thing.
"I said unfortunately, that doesn't happen," said Murray. "You signed a long-term contract. We committed to you, you committed to us...we're not going to make a bet for you."
Spezza inked a seven-year, $49 contract extension in 2007 and has a no-trade clause that kicks in on July 1. He has played entire career with the Senators since being taken second overall by the team in 2001.
Murray also told reporters that soon-to-be said soon-to-be unrestricted free agent defenceman Anton Volchenkov test the market on July 1.