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Muckler happy with team; won't trade players from current roster

Monday, 02.26.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Muckler happy with team; won\'t trade players from current roster
Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler says the market is too pricey right now to make a trade, but the Senators will "stay in the game until the end."

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators players were given a vote of confidence today when general manager John Muckler announced that he had no intention of trading away any of the current roster players before tomorrow's NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m.

"Our objective here is to keep this team together, and I think it's been that way since I came here," Muckler said after practice today at Scotiabank Place. "I felt this was a good hockey club going into Day 1 of training camp. We've improved, and the coaching staff has done a good job in putting the pieces together. We're going to try and do things to make it better but if we can't do anything, I have all the confidence in the world with the players in the dressing room. I think they can put it all together."

Head coach Bryan Murray is also confident with the club.

"We have a competitive team, we know that. I think the guys have worked fairly hard throughout. We'll just play the bodies that are there, and I think we'll compete very well. We have a couple of younger guys in the minors that I think can come up and fill a role." 

Muckler says if he does make a move before tomorrow's deadline, the compensation going the other way could be a draft pick or drafted player within the organization. He spoke about what type of player he's looking for.

"I think our defence is okay but I think we need some depth. We have been in negotiations with a couple of teams to get a depth player. I think you need eight defencemen going into the Stanley Cup playoffs, especially if you go into it deep. We'd like to get a player who can play regularly up front if we can. If we can't, we can't. Again, I'm not trading anybody off our team."

With the deadline approaching and demands high, Muckler remains patient.

"We do want to do certain things, but the prices are too high right now. When I look at our hockey club, which is the fourth youngest hockey club in the National Hockey League, and expectations are so high, it means that we have a pretty good hockey club. One thing about the trade deadline is you also have to think about the future of your organization and where it's going. The first thing you don't want to do is injure that progress."

Is there a chance the demands will lower before tomorrow's deadline?

"Yes, there is. That's what we're waiting for," Muckler says. "We're going to stay in the game right until the end. And if we have the opportunity to make this club a better club, we'll do that."




1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02