Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray has some excellent trade chips to spend at the trade deadline, if he so chooses.
Rebuilding teams have great interest in young forwards Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad, two emerging scoring line talents. Also, either Ben Bishop or Robin Lehner would offer much appeal should Murray elect to depart with one of his younger goaltenders.
But right now Murray isn’t inclined to pay that price, especially with star players Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson recovering from long-term injuries. The Senators should hang onto what they have and prepare for a huge 2013-14 season.
“We've got needs like every team has and if we could add a piece that would make it better in the playoffs, we would do that,” Murray told the Ottawa Sun. “We are in the youth movement. We've got a lot of young guys to come still.
“We're not going to do anything to affect that. We think the performance will be better when we get all of our own guys back and playing. We'll do what I hope is right. If it means doing nothing, I may decide that's the right way to go. If we can add a person to the lineup, we would do that.”
The Senators would offer draft picks and perhaps lower-tier prospects for the right veteran, but Murray doesn’t expect to make a blockbuster move.
“I know that we're not doing much . . . if anything,” Murray told the Sun. “I keep watching the team and I'm fairly happy with our young people with the way they've played. If something comes up that is of interest, we'll certainly explore it.”