Author Archive | Ken Warren

Ottawa Senators defenceman Patrick Wiercioch laughed when asked if he put a bug in the ear of general manager Bryan Murray before the December, 2011 trade which brought centre Kyle Turris to the organization.

“Oh, yeah, I’ll take credit for that one,” Wiercioch said Tuesday, basking in the glow of a quick start to the NHL season for himself, Turris and the team. “You can let Bryan know.”

In the big picture of Monday’s 4-0 victory, Jakob Silfverberg’s first NHL goal wasn’t vital to the team’s victory – it was the fourth and final goal with 1:04 remaining – but it definitely took some pressure off the rookie Swede. He passed off the credit to Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek for their work on the boards, setting him up.

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray continues to play an intriguing waiting game. The team’s biggest question mark remains the NHL inexperience at the bottom end of the defence depth chart, filling the holes left injuries to Jared Cowen and Mike Lundin. Meanwhile, every day, it seems, one potential stabilizing veteran defenceman with connections to Ottawa disappears from consideration as a replacement.