One quarter of the way through the schedule, the Senators are still trying to find a bona-fide Top 6 forward. The search has been internal so far, but GM Bryan Murray is also turning over all sorts of stones outside the organization. Apparently, he's even shown interest in a flash from the past. According to a source, Murray has talked to the San Jose Sharks about acquiring right winger Martin Havlat. The former Senator recently returned from a pelvis injury and was playing on the team's third line until Friday, when coach Todd McLellan made him a healthy scratch. The Sharks have also been asked about Havlat by the New York Rangers, said the source, but GM Doug Wilson is not yet ready to give up on the 32-year old Czech, who has a goal and an assist in eight games this season. Havlat, who has one year left on a contract that carries a cap hit of $5 million, also has a no-trade clause. But it's believed he would waive it to come to Ottawa, where he was drafted 26th overall by the Senators in 1999. Doing so could be the re-birth for Havlat, who, at one point appeared to be headed for stardom. Havlat spent 4 1/2 season with the Senators before a horrible (for Ottawa) three-team deal with San Jose and Chicago that was agreed to by former GM John Muckler in the summer of 2006. The Senators wound up with soft defenceman Tom Preissing, who had a good plus-rating but little else, and minor leaguer Josh Hennessy. Havlat, who has been plagued by injuries for much of his career, showed what he could do when healthy his second full season with the Hawks, when he scored 29 goals and 77 points in 81 games. If he has anything at all still in the tank, he could be better than what the Senators presently have at right wing on what has become their second line -- or the spot formerly occupied by Daniel Alfredsson. While Clarke MacArthur, Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan have been a consistent force, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek have played mostly with Cory Conacher and, very briefly, Mika Zibanejad. Conacher, who has two goals and two assists in 20 games, currently holds the job as Zibanejad has fallen to the fourth line. "I think it'll always be in flux,' coach Paul MacLean said Monday when asked about the Top 6 situation. "Right now we have Mika and Cory Conacher working for that other top six spot, so I think we have five. MacArthur, Turris, Ryan, Spezza and Michalek, that's five. So we're looking for our sixth guy."
Senators searching for 6th forward
Toronto Sun | Nov 19