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Muckler wants right fit at right price

Tuesday, 31.01.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Muckler wants right fit at right price
Shaun Majumder's alter-ego, host Raj Binder of CBC's This Hour has 22 Minutes, worked out in the gym room under the guidance of Senators strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee on Tuesday.

by Todd Anderson

In the wake of a frustrating 5-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler was approached by the media Tuesday morning.

"So who are you going to add," he was asked right off the hop.

Muckler admitted he had held discussions with several teams about the possibility of trades, but he's waiting for the right deal. The NHL trade deadline comes on March 9 (3 p.m. ET).

"You have to have a fit for a team. You can't say I'll give you my centreman for your centreman. We may want a vet and the other team may want one of our young guys. We only want to make a deal if it makes the club better. Not by subtraction, but by addition. We'll wait and see what is available and what teams are out of the playoffs. We'll take a rental player, but for the right compensation."

Monday night's loss hasn't caused a panic in Ottawa, either.

"Last night was unexpected and unacceptable, but you have to get over that," Muckler says. "With injuries and personal things happening to some players, it hasn't been clear sailing for us this season. We don't want to use that as an excuse, but it's a fact. I can't remember a team clear sailing throughout the year."

The Senators will play three road games this week. The trip includes stops on Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils, Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. Next week the Senators play four more games in seven nights before the Olympic break, which will last two weeks.

Looking ahead to New Jersey

Coach Bryan Murray expects a tough match against the surging New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

"They are playing very well now and have a great goaltender (Martin Brodeur). After we lose, we seem to have more attention to detail. We'll be real good tomorrow night."

The Senators won their only meeting this season against New Jersey 5-4 on Nov. 19 but they trail the all-time series 15-25-5-3.

This practice has 22 minutes

A crew from CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes attended the Senators' practice on Tuesday. The players had some fun with the television crew as they mingled around.

Shaun Majumder's alter-ego, host Raj Binder, had a brief scuffle with Senators rookie Brian McGrattan, worked out in the gym room under the guidance of Senators strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee and also spoke with several players and staff members, including Muckler.

"So what is most important," Binder asked Mike Fisher. "The Stanley Cup or the protective cup?"

It was that kind of visit.




1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
5 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
7 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43


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E. Karlsson 59 14 31 2 45
K. Turris 59 15 26 -5 41
M. Stone 57 14 23 9 37
M. Hoffman 56 21 15 22 36
M. Zibanejad 57 15 17 1 32
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 54 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 57 8 14 -2 22
A. Chiasson 53 9 12 -7 21
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02