"An NHL source — not connected with either team — advises that the Sharks and Columbus are indeed close to a deal. San Jose would send Marleau and another player (unspecified) to the Blue Jackets for their first-round draft pick — 6th overall in the NHL entry draft later this month — and right wing Nikolai Zherdev."
Fans of the Senators should be watching this deal closely. Patrick Marleau was once thought to be targeted by GM Bryan Murray to fill that second line centre slot but for various reasons, the trade never materialized. It has also been speculated that Murray wants to land free-agent Brian Campbell to replace Wade Redden but the Sharks may have some money to throw at Campbell with Marleau's salary off the books
If this deal does go through, Murray's "Plan A" possibly goes right out the window. Instead of Campbell, Murray will be looking into the likes of Mark Streit and Michael Rozsival etc. In other words, second-tier free agents.
With Cory Stillman, Chris Kelly, Wade Redden and Mike Commodore ready to hit the open market, there could be some major problems with no apparent solution come July 1st.