Sens swap shop open

A slow start by the Senators is already forcing Bryan Murray to start a shopping list.

The GM is so concerned, he told reporters Wednesday he has held trade talks to see if he can bring in some help with Ottawa off to a 1-4-1 start.

Sources say Murray is trying to find a rugged blueliner. The Senators haven’t been the same with the free-agency departure of Anton Volchenkov and need someone to get physical with opposing forwards.

“It’s up to all of us,” said Murray. “I’ve talked to a number of people, as I said I talked to (Wild GM) Chuck Fletcher for a long time (Tuesday) and I said, ‘Can I help you and you help me type of thing?’

“So we’re talking with the management of other teams to try to find if there is a need and the possibility of making a move. That’s not always the solution, but it’s something that maybe sends a little message to the players. So we’ll continue to pursue something.”

Murray said he hasn’t been pleased with the way the Senators have played defensively, came to the defence of his leaders and still believes this team can find a way to win.

Murray named the players who aren’t performing.

“We’ve got a couple of young guys on the blueline (Erik Karlsson and Brian Lee) who have really struggled to play their game and it becomes contagious. I can’t say that one of our (defencemen) have played to where I thought they were going to be,” said Murray. “We can go through it: Chris Phillips has to be a real, top defender. He does miss his partner (Volchenkov) a little bit, but when he and (Sergei) Gonchar play together they’re real good, but we haven’t been able to do that as often as we like.

“We expected Erik Karlsson to come back after a strong finish last year, and we all thought he was a good draft pick at the time, and he developed into a top player. He has struggled big time so far this year. Our expectations aren’t being fulfilled in that there’s a little bit of a dropoff in that area.”

7 Responses to Sens swap shop open

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    If they decide that making a trade is the way to go, it looks like they will have to hope a change of scenery does that trick. Like the Wild & Habs last year, or find a GM with cap space desperate enough to take a huge cap hit chance? Any Sens fans have thoughts on who and why?

  2. wayne2 says:

    Not saying its a perfect answer but how about sweeping Kovalev to Edmonton for Souray.They're both overpaid and unwanted where they are and a change of scenery could be good.I'm just not sure how long is left on Souray's contract though.If Kovalev goes,Regin could move back up and have decent icetime where he can devellop a lot better.Remember when we had Demitra in the minors and the only reason was an overpaid Alexandre Daigle.Dont repeat the same mistake,get rid of Kovalev.

  3. mojo19 says:

    How about, just to shake up the dressing room:

    To Carolina –
    Chris Kelly, 30, $2.125 hit this season and next. Generally a 30-35 pt guy
    Jarko Ruutu, 34, $1.3 hit, ufa this summer. Generally just an agitator

    To Ottawa –
    Chad Larose, 28, $1.7 hit, ufa this summer. About a 25-30 pt guy
    Tom Kostopolous, 31, $0.9 hit, this year and next. Just a solid grinder

    After beating up on Minnesota the first two games the Canes have gone 1-3-0, so they could use a change too maybe. Unite the Ruutu brothers as well. Ottawa would also shed about $800k in salary. The best player in the deal is arguably Kelly or Larose. Kelly has proven to score a little bit more over the last few seasons, but Larose is a pure speedster and has played his best hockey in the last couple seasons.

  4. reinjosh says:

    I like it. Ottawa needs something to change it up. Nothing big right now but this could do the trick. At the very least, it clears a little cap space for later in the season if Ottawa decides (and they should IMO) to go through a rebuild.

  5. Kramer says:

    I been saying for months, the should be cheerleaders at hockey games. The Oilers are listening to Kramer.

  6. TimTheBone says:

    Actually Kramer, the Oilers are he first CANADIAN market to incorporate cheerleaders….Numerous American market already have Cheerleaders….. Looks like Oilers are listening to other American business men…… NOT Kramer…


  7. mojo19 says:

    Really, Tim? You're gonna pick on Kramer? lol

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