Jason Spezza may be forced to decide how desperately he wants to be traded away from the Ottawa Senators.

General manager Bryan Murray left the 2014 NHL Draft on Saturday with his captain and star center still on the roster, unable to complete a trade that would accommodate Spezza’s request to leave his only NHL team.

Murray revealed Saturday he was close to an agreement with Nashville Predators general manager David Poile the night before; however, the Predators are one of the 10 teams to which Spezza has said he will not accept a trade and the proposed deal fell through as a result.

"“David talked to me and we couldn’t go there," Murray said after the draft was completed. “I told [Spezza’s agent] Rick Curran that today, I had a deal sitting there if I wanted to do it, but [Nashville] was on the list of no-gos.”

After the potential Spezza trade fell through, Poile wasted no time improving his forward group by acquiring James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling on Friday.

Murray suggested Saturday that the pieces Poile used to acquire Neal were on the table in a trade offer for Spezza, and the Anaheim Ducks could have been a potential destination until they acquired Ryan Kesler from the Canucks.

"[The Predators] have done their James Neal trade, so that has gone away," Murray said. "Anaheim’s gone away with Kesler, so the field narrows a little bit."

The Predators remain in the hunt for a first-line center, but Poile has little interest in trying to convince a player who is not enthusiastic about joining his team to change his mind. Poile said he spoke to Curran and was told Spezza would not play for the Predators, and at that point, the issue was dead in Poile’s mind.

“I’m not going to pitch somebody if they don’t want to play for us,” Poile said. “This game is hard enough as it is. You’ve got to be fully committed.”

For a second straight day Murray evoked the possibility of Spezza returning to the Senators next season in spite of his trade request. Though Poile doesn’t want to try to court a player who doesn’t want to be in Nashville, Murray appears perfectly comfortable having Spezza return to Ottawa if no trade can be finalized.

“I’m sure it’s disappointing for him; it’s disappointing for me because I’d like to accommodate him if I could, but he does have a year left on his contract,” Murray said. “If that’s the case we’ll have a pretty good player for next year.”

Murray might be trying to force Spezza’s hand in order to get him to loosen the list of 10 teams to which he can't be traded. Murray admitted that with the number of potential destinations for Spezza diminishing, having a bit more wiggle room to work with might be beneficial.