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Muckler excited as trade deadline approaches

Friday, 03.3.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Muckler excited as trade deadline approaches
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.


 

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