GM Murray looking at trade deadline but wary

Last year at this time, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray was throwing bodies overboard.
Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Jarkko Ruutu, Alex Kovalev, and Chris Campoli all got their walking papers as Murray started rebuilding the team.
This year, with his team headed back to the playoffs, there’s a good chance that Murray will be adding before Monday’s trade deadline.
It’s a tricky business, though.
Murray’s wary about disrupting the chemistry in the dressing room, which is obviously 360 degrees from the sour atmosphere of last season, and he’s wary about the price tag. Would it be worth giving up a piece of the team’s future for the team’s present?
But if he can find the right piece to give his team a better chance in the playoffs, he’ll pull the trigger.
He said he’s already talked to some teams who appear to be out of the playoff race to ask if one player or another might be available. In turn, he’s received calls from other general managers asking the same question.
“I expect to talk to teams, which I’ve been doing a fair amount,” he said.
“I don’t know that we’re doing anything. A lot of managers seem to be like me in that they’re not sure what they want to do.
“They’re in the race, but they’re not convinced if they’re going to be in or out, so I think we all tend to be somewhat cautious.
“I think there are pieces for every club. I don’t know that I want to be specific right now, that that would be fair to the guys on the team.
“But I certainly think that (bringing) depth to our team would help a great deal.”
Of one player whose name has been mentioned often in various rumours, Filip Kuba, Murray seemed to signal that the veteran defenceman, who is 35 and in the final year of his contract, wouldn’t be dealt.
Kuba’s been perhaps the team’s steadiest defenceman and a good partner for Erik Karlsson, said Murray.
Then again, nothing is written in stone.
“I not sure why his name has ever come up,” said Murray.
“But at this point in time – unless I got something awfully, awfully good, it wouldn’t do us any service to not keep him here.”
To further make his point, Murray said while the team has a plan and intends to stick with it as much as possible, he also wants to win in the playoffs.
“So if something came along and makes us change our mind on a particular player or a player who is elsewhere, we would do that,” he said.
If Murray has his choice, he would like to make a trade like the one that sent David Rundblad to Phoenix for Kyle Turris, a young player with the potential of a great future.
Murray doesn’t really want to get an older player who will only be here for a month or two before heading back out on the market. But like him, other general managers don’t usually part easily with their young, promising players.
The trade deadline is generally not about trying to hit a home run but about adding depth, which is what Murray figures to be after. He could use at least another forward, with Jesse Winchester still out, and possibly another defenceman.
Murray said he talks to owner Eugene Melnyk almost every day, and is certain that if he comes up with a deal that will cost Melnyk a few dollars, it is just a phone call away from being approved.
While Murray is worried about disrupting the chemistry in dressing room, he also believes that if the right addition is made, the players will accept it quickly because they will understand that management is trying to help.
“I say all of that, but I’m not sure that much if anything will happen here,” he said.

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