Senators GM Bryan Murray holding off on deals

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Murray confirmed he has been working the phones, but the asking prices are high if he wants to make a deal. That’s because blueliners are at a premium and a lot of teams are looking.

“We keep talking. I’ve been talking to a variety of teams about what they might have available,” said Murray. “It doesn’t sound promising at the moment. Not a lot of people are going to give unless you give a lot back.

“We’ll keep looking and talking. The priority right now is to promote our own people. We’ve got a number of young guys that are probably deserving of a look early on in particular, and then we’ll have to see.”

The Sens have looked at the free agent market to see what’s available. It’s believed they’ve held talks with the likes of Chris Campoli and Milan Jurcina. However, the club doesn’t want to make any commitments for the time being.

“I’ve talked to a number of agents,” said Murray. “I’ve put a couple of on hold. I’ve made no promises to anybody other than after a few days here I would consider it.

“I wanted to look at our young guys first and then I would get back to them if there’s any interest. I just have to wait because that’s the sort of decision we’ll make as a group if I’m going to pursue it.”