Stuart won't be a Sen any time soon

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Senators GM John Muckler is trying to add one more piece to the puzzle for a Stanley Cup run, but it won't be Bruins defenceman Brad Stuart.

While the Boston Herald speculated yesterday that Stuart could be headed to Ottawa, there's no chance Boston GM Peter Chiarelli is going to send one of his top blueliners to one of his biggest rivals and former employer.

So don't expect to see Stuart, an unrestricted free agent on July 1, wearing an Ottawa uniform after the NHL trade deadline.

While the Herald report indicated that the Bruins had held talks with the Senators, two league sources said there haven't been any discussions and none are planned.

"Ottawa and Boston won't be making a deal any time soon," said one league executive.

Oilers GM Kevin Lowe covets Stuart, but the Kings, Canucks and Flames are also expected to make pitches, too.

There are indications in Boston that Stuart won't return to the Bruins next season.

It's believed the Oilers are willing to send forward Raffi Torres to the Bruins for Stuart, but sources say Chiarelli not only wants a player or top prospect, there also has to be a high draft pick as well.

That being said, the Bruins' demands would go against Muckler's preference of adding without subtracting when it comes to deadline moves.

While the Senators would like to move D Joe Corvo and the $7.8 million US remaining on his contract, they're going to have a difficult time finding a taker.

FISHER RETURNS: Senators C Mike Fisher returned to the lineup last night against the Capitals after missing 14 games with a knee injury. Playing on the right side with Jason Spezza and Peter Schaefer, Fisher was expected to come back Saturday vs. the Leafs at Scotiabank Place, but he felt good enough to play last night. "I just had a good weekend and I felt like I was ready to go," said Fisher. The return of Fisher means the club is likely getting ready to make a roster move. LW Denis Hamel and RW Brian McGrattan were scratched against the Caps. Hamel will likely be sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton if the Senators aren't able to trade him.

AROUND THE BOARDS: G Martin Gerber made a rare start against the Caps and coach Bryan Murray said the club will "try to get him in a few more games." Murray said Gerber was blamed when the Senators were struggling earlier in the season, but pointed out the team wasn't playing well in front of him either. "I was saying this to John Muckler (yesterday): 'We all pointed the finger at (Gerber) at that time and the team, if you went through the lineup, we didn't have many guys playing at the calibre they're capable of playing,' " said Murray. Gerber made a good glove save off Washington LW Alexander Ovechkin in the first ... Caps coach Glen Hanlon had a good line about W Alexander Semen, who had 29 goals heading into play last night. "He can order steak in a steak house in perfect English, but when the media is in the room, he can hardly speak a word," said Hanlon. "He likes to be under the radar quietly and if the room is full of media and reporters and they're all around Alexander Ovechkin and he can go in there, take his equipment off quietly, he's quite happy." ... The Senators didn't arrive at Scotiabank Bank until 2 a.m. yesterday after returning from Montreal.


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