Following a disappointing loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, Senators GM Bryan Murray met with the media briefly to discuss a variety of topics including Saturday’s game, the illegal hit on Cody Ceci and potential roster moves.
You can see that interview in its entirety below.
You’ll notice in the interview Murray mentions that the team was close to a minor deal for a forward but that it fell through. It’s safe to assume this wasn’t a deal for a bottom six forward so even though Murray labelled it as a small move, it makes sense to assume it would have been a potential top six forward coming back.
Asking around yesterday it sure sounds like it may have been a trade for Avalanche forward PA Parenteau.
Parenteau has been a healthy scratch lately for the Avs but returned to the lineup on Saturday against the Sabres. Not sure what would have caused a potential deal to fall through but there have been issues with Parenteau’s knee this season. He missed ten games in January and there was talk out of Colorado he may have come back from that injury a little too early.
Another possibility is a recent injury to Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay. With Paul Statsny already out with an injury, losing Tanguay may have forced the Avalanche to hold off on the trade because they need forwards in the line up.
Either way, Bryan Murray seems set on adding a forward at some point prior to the NHL trade deadline in March. He would have liked to get it done before the Olympic break but that window is rapidly closing. PA Parenteau is certainly an option the Senators are seriously considering.
Game Day post coming in a little bit.