Senators News: February 11th

Bryan Murray talked about potential trades, “Right now, some teams are looking for a top young prospect and a first-round pick in exchange for a (UFA). I’m not willing to do that. I’d like to send a message to our team that we’re serious about getting into the playoffs and being able to perform at that time.  If something comes along that makes a lot of sense to us as far as improving the team, maybe not necessarily short-term, but longer-term, then certainly I’d consider that. Maybe a little like Kyle Turris. Maybe not that young, but a player we know we can keep in the organization for a period of time and can help us as we go forward. I’ve only talked to a few, but the teams I’ve talked with, it doesn’t seem realistic that you could make a deal from our perspective. I think if you’re a top team, you might pay the price, but from our perspective, not being in first place in our conference, we probably wouldn’t want to pay the price that’s being asked. I won’t be as busy. I can assure you of that. I don’t really have an answer. I believe that core of players that we have, we want to keep. We feel we have a plan in place that will give us a chance to grow this organization back to one of the good ones. I’m not in a mood to trade a top young player for a rental.”  Let me unpack this a little: Murray might part with a high pick and a prospect for a player who is not a UFA.  It’s hard to know who that might be–someone like a re-signed Tuomo Ruutu?  To my mind the only parts they could use are a top-six winger or a blueliner with decent footspeed.  Given that Murray wants to send a message of encouragement to the players it seems unlikely potential UFA’s like Filip Kuba are going anywhere.  It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the Sens do at the deadline.

Allen Panzeri writes about Milan Michalek‘s goal scoring troubles (and briefly those of many of his teammates), with everyone believing he’ll pull out of his slump soon.

Joy Lindsay writes that Robin Lehner will get the start for Binghamton tonight.

-Elmira lost in OT last night, with Brian Stewart taking the loss and Corey Cowick held off the score sheet.  Louie Caporusso did not play again with what I assume is a lingering injury.

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