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Sens GM Murray: I’ll deal prospects for offense

May 28, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

After averaging just 2.33 goals per game this season, the Ottawa Senators know they need to improve offensively.

And nobody seems to know it more than their GM, Bryan Murray.

Murray met with media on Tuesday and said increasing offense is his No. 1 offseason priority:


As far as prospects go, well, Murray has no shortage of them to deal.

Ottawa iced one of the league’s youngest teams this season, which included the youngest guy on the roster — 20-year-old Mika Zibanejad — who finished fourth on the team in scoring with 20 points.

All told, the Sens had 15 different players dress this season that were 23 or younger and have three former first-round picks yet to make their NHL debuts:  Matt Puempel (24th overall, 2011), Stefan Noesen (21st overall, 2011) and Cody Ceci (15th overall, 2012).

It’s clear Ottawa could use some more offense, but it could also use some size as well. The club wasn’t overly imposing in terms of physicality last year and got even smaller at the deadline by acquiring 5-foot-8 Cory Conacher from Tampa Bay.

“I like a bigger type of player,” Murray explained. “It gives you a better chance, especially in playoffs.”

It stands to reason that Murray will be aggressive in trying to move some pieces.

He feels the Sens are on the verge of contending for a title — they’ve made the playoffs the last two seasons and won their first series since 2007 — and can now reap the rewards for building a successful prospect pool.

“I think we’re a serious contender,” Murray told the Ottawa Sun. “We’ll have to an improved hockey club.

“A whole bunch of us want to win right now.”

  1. jpelle82 - May 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    he should just go after jagr, iginla, or some other veteran that will be available in the off season and can put up 20 goals in an 82 game season and let the young guys develop. trading away the farm after a bad season filled with injuries seems like a knee jerk reaction. spezza and michalek can be 30 goal scorers – then you might have alfredson back for one more year…plus conacher and zibenejad will probably be 20 goals guys soon enough. i dunno, they are good on the backend, good between the pipes, good down the middle – maybe just a veteran winger but you shouldnt have to trade to get that. its not like they are gonna be in run and gun games with pittsburgh every week – they are in a division with fla, tb, tor, buf, det, and then mtl and boston dont exactly put up 6 goals a game on a regular basis so no need to panic

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Deal away, the Sens will still never win the Cup.

  3. packerswin96 - May 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Habs will trade you Ryder for Stone and Ceci.

    • odj810 - May 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      or they could sign him as a free agent…. I see them going after horton hard.

      • packerswin96 - May 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        I was joking about trading Ryder, I do know that he is a UFA and most likely will not be resigned by the Habs.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - May 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    If he’s looking for size and scoring ability I wouldn’t be surprised if Holmgren called him about Hartnell. Despite a down year, it’s a pretty good bet that Hartnell will be back to his usual 24-goal self next season. And with the Flyers desperately needing cap space, Hartnell’s new cap hit (4.75 up from 4.25), and Ottawa needing size/grit/scoring, it could be a perfect fit. The Sens could opt for Clarkson but reports are he’s gonna get well over Hartnell’s cap hit. Which is just absurd in my mind. Because of a probable bidding war, Murray would most likely favor a more proven, less expensive version of the glorified grinder.

  5. at245am - May 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    The Sens show a lot of promise and have a lot of youth. Even guys like Pageau showed up in the playoffs. I’d be hesitant to trade anything unless something great came along. If everything goes right, they’d have solid depth up and down the lineup. I’d be hesitant to say the least.

  6. elguapo12 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    “Deal away, the Sens will still never win the Cup.”

    I love predictions from Leaf fans! Here’s a scenario or you: your team is up by three goals with 10:18 left in the third. At the end of the game, will Yonge and Bloor be alive with the sound of Civic horns from Thornhill or will it be eerily silent, like the ACC during the first 41 home games?

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