Senators stay quiet on trade front

While the acquisition of Jaromir Jagr was the big news here, the Ottawa Senators stayed quiet — for now. The possibility of Rockland native Derek Roy returning home also disappeared when the Vancouver Canucks completed another trade with the Dallas Stars earlier in the day.

Speculation over Derek Roy's future ended when he was dealt from Dallas to Vancouver on Tuesday. Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images.

BOSTON — While the acquisition of Jaromir Jagr was the big news here, the Ottawa Senators stayed quiet — for now.
The possibility of Rockland native Derek Roy returning home also disappeared when the Vancouver Canucks completed another trade with the Dallas Stars earlier in the day.
Goaltender Ben Bishop remains the club’s biggest trading chip, but the return would need to be significant for the Senators to part with him. Until Craig Anderson returns to the net and shows he is fully recovered from his sprained ankle, it would be a gamble for the Senators to rely solely on Robin Lehner.
There are still some intriguing forward names out there – Curtis Glencross, Jason Pominville, Mike Ribeiro among them – but Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson insisted he would be content if the club opted to stay quiet before the trade deadline.
“We like the situation we are in, with more players returning from injuries and joining us on trips, so even if we don’t anything, we still have some nice additions,” Alfredsson said before Tuesday’s game.

COWEN MAKES PRESENCE FELT

One of those soon-to-be-returning players, defenceman Jared Cowen, almost took out his mentor Wednesday.
A Cowen slapshot at the tail end of Tuesday morning’s skate hit Andre Benoit in the skate. Benoit limped off the ice and was sporting an ugly red bruise, but he insisted he was okay to play against the Bruins.
Cowen and Benoit have a solid history together. When Cowen left junior in 2011 to join the Binghamton Senators, he was paired with the veteran Benoit and the two stayed together for the long run to the Calder Cup championship.
“He was basically a man when he came out of junior, but the way he handles the puck and skates for a big guy is what’s really impressive, is what makes him so good,” said Benoit. “Some guys who are that big have trouble carrying that size around, but he’s very skilled and he jumped right in. And, he shoots it a ton, too.”
Benoit looked at his foot and laughed, but he says Cowen didn’t put everything into the shot that hit him.
“No, God no,” he said. “My foot wouldn’t be on my leg anymore.”

MICHALEK JOINS TEAM

Michalek also skated with the team Tuesday, for the first time since having knee surgery on March 19. “He had his equipment on, which I thought was a real positive step,” said Senators coach Paul MacLean.

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