Sunday, February 17, 2013
Sens trade talk
By Victoria Matiash
Fact is, GM Bryan Murray can't force another NHL club to make a deal that would best suit the Ottawa Senators. And that's why trade discussions appear to be stagnant in regards to replacing -- at least partially -- dynamic forward Jason Spezza and elite defenseman Erik Karlsson.
According to the Ottawa Sun, Murray hasn't made much progress in trying to plug those massive holes. Not unless the general manager changes his mind about relinquishing a talented youngster for a high-priced rental.
"I could go out and get an NHL player that makes a lot of money and may or may not be an upgrade. There's no question I could do that," said Murray. "But I'm not going to do that by giving up one of my top young players for something that may be a short-term fix."
In the meanwhile, the Sens are expected to continue to give their AHL call-ups -- F Derek Grant, D Eric Gryba etc -- a chance to shine.
"We're just going to wait and see where this goes," said Murray. "If I have to do something, I'll do something. Right now, we want to give these guys an opportunity."