Are the Senators interested in Ruutu?

Twenty-seven shopping days to the NHL trade deadline.

The next time the Senators face the Bruins at TD Garden, it will be a day after the Feb. 27 deadline.

A lot will have happened by then. For the Senators, GM Bryan Murray will have decided if he’s going to be a buyer. Much will depend on price tags.

The shopping is about to get serious. There’s a belief that Toronto GM Brian Burke could strike as early as this week. If that’s the case, he may be forced to pay a higher price than most, but he badly wants a forward.

Murray, meanwhile, is going to spend some time evaluating before he decides whether he needs to add depth to help the Senators return to the playoffs.

It’s believed the club is interested in Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu, but indications are GM Jim Rutherford’s asking price is high.

“You inquire with several teams about what they might be looking for or doing, but nothing in any detail,” said Murray. “Any team in our spot has needs.

“If there’s an upgrade available in a couple of spots, we would really look at it. But I do like the energy our team has and the chemistry our team has.”

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