The kids are all right

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:23 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Don't expect John Muckler to pull the trigger on a trade anytime soon.

The Senators GM told the Sun yesterday he's not feeling pressure to deal just because winger Martin Havlat will be sidelined for at least four months.

Muckler is going to spend the next few weeks evaluating.

"We believe in the depth in our organization with guys like (Brandon) Bochenski and (Patrick) Eaves," said Muckler. "We're going to give them the opportunity to get the job done and I'm confident they'll be able to get it done.

"Let's see how they do and make sure that we are right. If we need to go out and find help, and it is not working right, then we will start looking around."

REPAIR FRACTURE

Havlat is hoping to have surgery to repair a fracture in his right shoulder at the Cleveland Clinic in the next 10 days. Then, rehabilitation can begin. Returning for the playoffs might be a long shot because the recovery period from the surgery can be up to six months. But Havlat thinks he can do it.

"Let's put it this way: I'm going to do everything in my power to be back for the playoffs," said Havlat yesterday from Ottawa. "I'm going to work as hard as I can to be back because I want to be playing.

"I want the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup with this team. Surgery was the only real option here to get this fixed. It's really disappointing to have this happen. Hopefully things will work out and I can join my teammates for the playoffs."

Muckler believes that Havlat will be able to return.

"We're quite confident he'll be back for the playoffs and that's the exciting part of all of this," said Muckler. "He needs to have this surgery done so that he's got everything fixed up and when he's healthy, he'll be ready to go. If he has rehab, it might be something that is bothering him all year.

"He was going to have to have the surgery sooner or later. It's better to get this fixed up and move on."

Havlat will also miss a chance to play for the Czech team in the Olympics, but admits that's not his priority.

"Playing in the Olympics would have been exciting and it would have been fun," he said.

"Yes, I was looking forward to playing there and having a chance to win a gold medal. But, that's not what I want the most ... I want to win a Stanley Cup."


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