Bryan Murray didn't accompany the Senators on their road trip Monday. He's headed in another direction as the NHL's 30 general managers gather Wednesday in Toronto for a one-day meeting to discuss NHL issues, and there will be trade talk on the menu with two weeks to the April 3 deadline. Many thought after getting hit by injuries, the Senators would be a seller, but sitting in the No. 6 position in the East going into Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders, Ottawa is in a good spot to make the playoffs. That has Murray thinking of adding, not subtracting. But if teams are going to ask for the club's top prospects in return, then the talks won't take long. "I don't know that there's a specific (approach yet). We've got another two weeks," said Murray. "I'm going to see how we are. If we're still playing hard and well, then I may take a look to see if we can do something. "I'm certainly not going to give up a top young player at this point, but if there's an ability to acquire someone who can help us as we go forward, absolutely." It isn't finalized, but winger Milan Michalek is likely headed for knee surgery to fix a problem that has been nagging him all season. He has missed 13 games as a result of the ailment he's tried to play through. If Michalek does have the procedure, the Sens are hopeful he'll be back for the playoffs. Before then, Murray will look for a forward who can help score goals. The problem is there's more buyers than sellers. Only the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche are out of the playoff race. There's other teams hanging on, but they might not be willing to accept the reality they won't make it.
Senators GM Bryan Murray says moving players by trade deadline going to be difficult
Ottawa Sun | Mar 19