Murray Shopping for Toughness, Scoring

SensChirp March 10, 2013 0

The Ottawa Senators closed out their road swing with a huge win on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Jakub Silfverberg played the role of hero, scoring with just under 4:00 minutes left, giving the Sens a much needed two points. Ottawa now returns home for a game against the Bruins in Monday night before heading back on the road for stops in Montreal and Buffalo.

And while the team has some big games coming up on the ice, Sens GM Bryan Murray continues to search for options to help out the team's scoring and toughness.

Shopping is one thing but in this case Bryan Murray's job is made pretty difficult by the fact that he'll likely need to send money out before he can take on any new contracts. Just the reality of the Sens current situation.

On the toughness front, the Senators are looking for a guy that can drop the gloves but also take a regular shift. There are rumours Ryane Clowe could be available in San Jose but he's been playing hurt most of the season and has struggled to get anything going offensively. Clowe is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

If the Panthers do sell like some are expecting, George Parros could be an option for the Senators. Parros has one more year on a deal that pays him $950,000 a season.

And as I've mentioned a few times, the Senators will keep a close eye on the situation in Anaheim. With Getzlaf signing a big deal late last week, the thinking is Corey Perry could be available.

The Ducks are going to ask for a whole lot if they do move Perry and there will be no shortage of teams involved. Murray has demonstrated an interest in Perry since early in the season but he's certainly not alone.  Bruce Garrioch has also suggested that Matt Cullen could be an option for the Senators.

The biggest addition for the Senators could come in the form of Jason Spezza, who is expected to return to the Ottawa line up before the end of the month if his rehab continues the way it has as of late.

The NHL Trade Deadline is set for April 3.

The Sens are on the ice for practice at the Sensplex at 11:00 AM today.  Will pass along any updates afterwards.

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