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GM Murray looking to deal after Senators slow start

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TSN.ca Staff
10/20/2010 2:19:49 PM
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Fed up after a slow start to the season, it appears as though Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is ready to deal.

Following a tough practice on Wednesday which concluded with the players undergoing a "bag skate," Murray stated that changes may very well be on the way.

"It's up to all of us, this is a team," Murray told reporters. "It's not the coaches or players only, it's me doing anything I can."

Anything he can includes shipping players out of town, something that the general manager has already reportedly looked into.

"I've talked to a number of people, as I said," Murray said. "I talked to (Minnesota Wild general manager) Chuck Fletcher for a long time yesterday and said, 'can I help you, you help me' type of thing, so we're talking to management of other teams, trying to find if there is a need and possibility of making a move."

While a trade might not be the answer to all of the team's issues, Murray believes that a roster shakeup could serve a purpose.

"That's not always a solution, but maybe it sends a little message to our players," Murray said.

After an off-season of optimism that included the signing of Sergei Gonchar to a three-year deal, the Senators have underperformed on the ice and sit dead last in the Eastern Conference heading into action on Wednesday.
 
Making matters worse is a groin injury to starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire who had been the Sens' most consistent performer prior to his injury.

The team did make a move on Wednesday as they sent forward Zack Smith to Binghamton of the AHL and recalled defenceman David Hale.  Murray admitted that the team's defence corps has been a problem so far this season.

"I think that we have a couple of young guys on the blueline who have really struggled to play their game and I think that it has become contagious," Murray said.  "I can't say that one of our ‘D' have played to where I thought they would be."

The Senators will have a few days off before they get their opportunity to impress Murray as they do not play again until Friday when they travel to Buffalo to face the equally struggling Sabres.

Bryan Murray (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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