For the first time in more than a decade the Ottawa Senators will approach the NHL Trade Deadline as sellers.
General Manager Bryan Murray got a head start on revamping his club with the additions of Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli. The deal addressed two of the Senators needs; a top six forward and a puck moving defenceman.
Now Murray will look to add prospects and draft picks. Unless pending unrestricted free agents Chris Neil and Filip Kuba come to terms with Ottawa on new contracts before March 4th, expect to those two to be holding change of address cards. Kuba, however, does have a no trade clause in his contract and he will have to agree to any deal.
According to Murray the list of unavailable players is a lot shorter than the list of available guys. Murray said he won't be asking captain Daniel Alfredsson, defenceman Chris Phillips, sniper Dany Heatley or two-way centre Mike Fisher to waive their no trade clauses. That leaves the remaining players open for discussion, including playmaker Jason Spezza. Although Spezza's no trade clause doesn't kick in until July 1st, don't expect the Senators number one centre to be on the move.
Instead of building for a playoff run Bryan Murray is now expected to be busy on trade day retooling his Sens team for next season.
Files from TSN Reporter Brent Wallace were used in this report