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That would be good news for Carrie Underwood, who is married to the Senators' associate captain. She is based in Nashville, but the couple also have a home in Ottawa.
The reason for the possible move on Mike's part is the Senators' performance this year as a team. They have a season record of 17-35-8, the third worst in the Eastern Conference. Team owner Eugene Melnyk has said that general manager Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston will stay on for the rest of the year, so speculation is that some of the players will be traded. Mike is one of the players mentioned, with some sports writers hinting that he could be traded to Nashville's Predators.
After the recent announcement about Murray and Clouston, Mike told TSN.com that knowing they will be with the team through the end of the season will probably allow for less tension in the dressing room. "It's a good thing, because it would have been our fault if something had happened," he says. "I think we can all just try to relax and play and worry about doing the best job we can moving forward."
According to Sports Haze Canada, Mike has a limited no-trade clause in his contract. His manager, Mike Reynolds, has said that Mike will only submit a list of names of teams that he does not want to play for if asked. Apparently that request has not been submitted to him by the team's general manager, Bryan Murray. Mike has a two years remaining on his contract with the Senators, and The Bleacher Report observed that Mike "would be a pricey acquisition, but could be a very useful player on the right team."
In the meantime, Carrie is settling into her life as the wife of a hockey player. She told K102 Radio in Minneapolis, Minn., "It is nice being a hockey wife ... I can spend hours in a grocery store and I'm the happiest person in the universe."
While the two knew going into their marriage that their respective careers would keep them apart during his hockey season and her concert tours, she says they spend as much time as they can together.
"We're together a lot more than people think we are," she says. "Even if it's just for a day, we get to pop in. We'll make sure we put the extra time and effort to do that."
The NHL's All-Star game is this weekend in Raleigh, N.C., so the focus for hockey fans will be on the event-filled two days.