The heavy lifting has been done in net for Ottawa Senators.

Next up: Unrestricted free agent centre Kyle Turris.

While Senators’ general manager Pierre Dorion was tight-lipped when asked about the status of the talks with Turris’ agent Kurt Overhardt following the signing of goalie Craig Anderson to a two-year, $9.5-million extension Friday, the talk in league circles is the discussions with the club’s top pivot are progressing but only slowly.

The talk is the club’s alternate captain, who is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4 million this season, is looking for a deal in the seven or eight-year range. The speculation is Overhardt, a tough negotiator, wants the deal to be in the $6 million per-season but both sides are trying to keep a lid on the talks.

One word used to describe the discussions: Healthy.

If both sides had their way, a contract would be in place for Turris by the time the puck is dropped Thursday night in the season opener against the Washington Capitals. Why? It’s just easier and allows Turris to focus on what’s happening on the ice rather than wondering if he’s going to be in play at the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline.

But the reality is if it’s not done that’s really no big deal. Dorion hasn’t been in the GM’s chair long but he’s shown — even when he was an assistant to the late Bryan Murray — that he gets deals done and there’s no reason to doubt that the Senators won’t get a contract with Turris in place at some point before he becomes a UFA July 1.