We don't need much: Alfie

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Even if GM John Muckler decides to stand pat at today's NHL trade deadline, the Senators insist they're well-armed for the post-season.

While Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson admitted yesterday he'd welcome a guy like Blues winger Bill Guerin or the Panthers' Gary Roberts in his team's dressing room, he won't be concerned if nothing happens.

"I feel pretty confident in the team we have here and hopefully, most guys feel the same," said Alfredsson. "If you had the chance, you'd love to have guys like (Peter) Forsberg or Bill Guerin. But with this team, as the season has gone on, it has gotten better and better. I think we're really confident in what we have here, there's no question. I don't think we need to do much."

EXPERIENCE COUNTS

Still, Roberts or Guerin would bring an extra veteran presence as the Senators get ready for the playoffs.

"Any player that they could bring in that's hungry and wants to win is going to help. There's no question," said Alfredsson. "We've got a lot of guys who have been in the playoffs, but it's always good to have another guy around who has been there."

But coach Bryan Murray told the players before practice yesterday that they shouldn't be waiting for help to arrive or expect anybody to be packing their bags, either. The deadline rumours have been tough on young players like Antoine Vermette and Patrick Eaves, who have been linked to any possible deals involving Roberts or Guerin.

That's because Florida GM Jacques Martin and St. Louis president John Davidson have been insisting one of those two players must be part of any prospective deal. So far, the Senators have resisted any temptation to trade young players. They want to build their team around guys like Vermette and Eaves.

"When people see their name in the paper -- and I think this is what has happened to a couple of our younger guys, in particular -- they feel it, sure," said Murray. "Over the years, guys are mentioned in the paper. I said to some of them who may want to leave. I can tell you right now (that) not much appears to be happening."

TOUGH TIMES: Senators D Wade Redden has been struggling lately, but Murray isn't sure why. Redden visited the coach in his Scotiabank Place office recently and the two discussed the issues that have been affecting his play. A big one: Redden is having a tough time with his confidence. "I said to Wade before the all-star break he was playing great. Since then, he hasn't been quite as sharp," said Redden. "He came to see me. I didn't pull him in or anything. He understands he's not playing as well as he can play and he has to play. He's going to get back on track. He's not the only one on the blue line. You can ask him about it." Redden knows he's got to get back to playing the way he's capable of playing. "There's not anything I can put a finger on. I'm looking forward to ramping up for the playoffs with 20 games left here," said Redden. "It's a big stretch. We've got to get going and get skating again. I've got to start moving the puck up the ice. I've got to keep everything simple."

AROUND THE BOARDS: RW Brian McGrattan (charley horse) left practice early yesterday and C Mike Comrie (flu) wasn't out there at all. While Comrie was on the club's flight to North Carolina and is expected to play, it's doubtful McGrattan will be in the lineup. "I got hit (into) the bench about five minutes before I fought (Andrew) Peters. I'm pretty sore," said McGrattan, who made the trip. Murray said the rugged forward can expect to play more. "If he gets healthy, I'm going to play him some games," said Murray. "He's a presence and this is a presence we're going to need." ... G Martin Gerber, who has started both of the Senators' games against the Hurricanes this season, will be in net tonight. "He's played well there. He's played well enough to get the game," said Murray. "You always try to reward a guy for hard work, in particular against a team he's played for in the past. It's a motivating. Hopefully, we get a good result."


Videos

Photos