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Muckler excited as trade deadline approaches

Friday, 03.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators general manager John Muckler met with the media on Friday to discuss his team's stance as the March 9 (3 p.m.) NHL trade deadline approaches. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

While Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler considers the NHL trade deadline one of the most enjoyable periods of the season, he won't make a deal before the March 9 (3 p.m.) deadline unless the fit is right.

"It's fun, no question. It's a challenge and it is what being a GM is all about, to build a championship team. I like our team, and if we don't make a move, I think we will still have a good run to the Stanley Cup. We're always looking to get better but we won't make a deal, just to make a deal. Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make. There are 30 teams in the NHL, and only one is right every year. That's high odds."

Muckler spoke about what areas he would like to upgrade on the Senators roster.

"We know exactly what we want to do. We're looking for a forward and maybe to get a depth defenceman. I have talked to numerous GMs. A lot of teams feel they are still in contention. I still feel there will be lots of action. Whether (other NHL teams) will feel they are still in contention by Thursday, only they know."

Muckler added he has been negotiating contracts with the Senators' unrestricted free agents for next season, but he didn't expect any announcements on signings before the trade deadline.

Audio clips from Muckler's news conference

General statement (128 kb)

About looking for a goaltender (207 kb)

On how Hasek is feeling (89 kb)

The possibility of trading someone on the roster (294 kb)

On using draft picks in trades (437 kb)

What the Sens are looking for (69 kb)

Muckler's enjoyment of the trade deadline (401 kb)

Adding Martin Havlat back to the roster (87 kb)

Would a high-priced player affect chemistry? (133 kb)

Black and blue report

Patrick Eaves, who left Thursday's game against the Washington Capitals early because of a lower left-leg injury, is expected to return Saturday in Toronto.

Hasek will join the Senators in Toronto as a spectator but will return to Ottawa after the game.


 

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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