Sens will be able to deal with depth on defence
Bryan Murray spent a long time in the stands during Sunday’s morning skate speaking with Mike Gillis.
Yes, the Senators left with defenceman Filip Kuba on board.
Whether the Senators GM and his Vancouver counterpart actually talked trade during their chat is only speculation, but it’s well-known the Canucks are looking for defencemen and Ottawa will have extras sooner or later.
But Murray isn’t in any hurry to make deals with his club in the thick of things. The Senators have needs, but as they closed out a three-game Western road swing here there doesn’t appear to be any desire to deal.
The Senators aren’t in a cash crunch since their payroll is nowhere close to the salary cap. Once defenceman Matt Carkner is ready to return from a knee injury, the club will have eight healthy blueliners.
Carkner hasn’t played since February. He’s going to need a conditioning stint in Binghamton as soon as he can play, so it’s likely going to be early December before he plays again for Ottawa.
The Senators have the option of sending defenceman David Rundblad to Binghamton. He’s on a two-way contract, was a healthy scratch again in Vancouver and has had difficulties adjusting to the North American game.
Don’t be surprised if that happens. Erik Karlsson was sent down for a month during his rookie season and it did him a world of good. The Senators wanted him to find out that nothing can be taken for granted at this level.
Moving a defenceman will be an option for Murray, just not at the moment