Ottawa Senators searching for 6th forward

One quarter of the way through the schedule, the Senators are still trying to find a bona-fide Top 6 forward.

The search has been internal so far, but GM Bryan Murray is also turning over all sorts of stones outside the organization.

Apparently, he’s even shown interest in a flash from the past.

According to a source, Murray has talked to the San Jose Sharks about acquiring right winger Martin Havlat. The former Senator recently returned from a pelvis injury and was playing on the team’s third line until Friday, when coach Todd McLellan made him a healthy scratch.

The Sharks have also been asked about Havlat by the New York Rangers, said the source, but GM Doug Wilson is not yet ready to give up on the 32-year old Czech, who has a goal and an assist in eight games this season.

Havlat, who has one year left on a contract that carries a cap hit of $5 million, also has a no-trade clause. But it’s believed he would waive it to come to Ottawa, where he was drafted 26th overall by the Senators in 1999.

Doing so could be the re-birth for Havlat, who, at one point appeared to be headed for stardom.