Sens looking to trade Gonchar
While the Senators will likely try to deal blueliner Sergei Gonchar — who has one year left at $5.5 million — to make room for Erik Karlsson’s new deal, there could be a lot of attention paid to the club’s depth in net.
At least three teams — Columbus, Toronto and Tampa — are looking to shore up goaltending before the draft. There could be a fourth if the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup and Martin Brodeur decides to retire on top.
Senators No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson won’t be going anywhere after coming off a standout season and with three years left on his contract.
However, the Jackets, Leafs and Bolts may covet either Ottawa backup Ben Bishop or top prospect Robin Lehner.
The Senators aren’t in a hurry to trade either Bishop, acquired from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick at this year’s deadline, or Lehner, but that mindset could change if Murray gets an offer he can’t refuse.
Since the Senators aren’t going to deal with Brian Burke and the arch-rival Leafs, you can strike them off the list immediately, but Tampa GM Steve Yzerman has already stated he’d like to build around a young goalie.