Sens face deadline dilemma

All eyes are on Bryan Murray.

With just over a week to the Feb. 27 trade deadline, many are wondering if the Senators GM is going to pull the trigger or stand pat to see if this group can make the playoffs.

While Murray told the Sun last week he’d like to add a piece to help the Senators get to the post-season, he won’t so do at any cost. As we head into the final week of bidding, prices remain unreasonable.

“They’re still high,” said a league executive Saturday.

The Senators are interested — along with the Bruins, Rangers, Flyers, Hawks and Predators — in Carolina C Tuomo Ruutu, a pending unrestricted agent July 1, to add secondary scoring.

Talk he’s off the market is contrary to what a league executive told the Sun.

“Not to my knowledge he isn’t,” said another executive Saturday.

Ruutu, who suffered an upper-body injury last week, wants a four-year deal in excess of the $4.5 million former Carolina winger Erik Cole received from the Canadiens last summer.

But getting Ruutu, or any other rental, would likely be costly for the Senators.

Carolina GM Jim Rutherford would either want a top prospect (perhaps Mark Stone or Stefan Noesen) along with a first-round pick.

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