As the Philadelphia Flyers shipped big-name forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards west in separate trades on Thursday, the Ottawa Senators were idle.
But at least one intriguing name — New York Rangers winger Marian Gaborik — was attached to the Senators in trade talks.
Gaborik, 29, has scored 42 goals in an NHL season twice and has topped 30 goals six times, but his career with both the Rangers and Minnesota Wild has been plagued by injury problems and questions about his character. Considering he has three years and $22.5 million US remaining on his contract, it would be a big risk for any team to take a chance on him, even if the Rangers were willing to take salary back in exchange.
The Senators likely wouldn’t have any interest unless the Rangers took defenceman Filip Kuba, who has one year and $3.7 million remaining on his deal with the Senators. Senators general manager Bryan Murray didn’t address Gaborik specificially Thursday, but did acknowledge that the team is exploring the possibility of trading for a top-six forward.
It sounded like he was looking for a younger player with less baggage.
“I don’t think there are a lot of teams passing them around at the moment,” Murray said. “I continue to talk about a variety of things. You never say never, but the odds are that people are so focused now on the draft that it might be after, or on the (draft) floor.
“There might be an exciting young player sitting there that another team might want, so you might be able to do something. But I have nothing right now that looks that way.”
Murray says countless names are discussed among general managers and he suggests a lot of it is just “chatter.”
- Ken Warren and Allen Panzeri