If Sens winning ways continue, Murray may be forced to deal

The way his team has played over the first 20 games has created a dilemma for Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

Instead of just sitting back and watching in a rebuilding season, he might have to start thinking about adding pieces to bolster his team’s playoff hopes. One game over .500 as they prepare to meet the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, the Senators have the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Their fortunes could easily change over the next 20 games, but if they don’t, and the Senators remain in the playoff picture, then Murray said he’s going to have to start thinking about making a deal or deals.

“Going forward we may address an issue if we feel there is one,” he said on Friday. “Obviously management and coaches will talk over the next 20 games and see if there’s something that’s realistic that we can add to the team that will make us better, and then we’ll see what the cost is.”

That’s the fly in this ointment. Whenever teams start talking trade with Murray, the first name out of their mouths is Erik Karlsson.

That’s when Murray hangs up. It’s never going to happen.

But Murray also knows that to get something he’ll have to give up something.

It’s a matter of getting to a happy medium: how much of the team’s future he’s willing to sacrifice for what might just be a short-term gain.

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