Deadline no big deal

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Senators had better hope Oleg Saprykin isn't Russian for Tyler Arnason.

While some NHL teams were loading up for a playoff run, Ottawa picked up winger Oleg Saprykin and a 2007 seventh-round draft pick from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a second-rounder in 2008.

"It's a piece that we can use," said Muckler from his Ottawa office last night. "I feel that our needs are a little different and with a player like Saprykin, we're getting an energy-type of player who can help us. If we have injuries, he's going to be able to step in."

Saprykin, 26, was second on the Coyotes in scoring with 14 goals and 20 assists in 59 games and is making $1.64 million as a restricted free agent. Saprykin started the season playing on a line with Mike Comrie, who the Coyotes dealt to Ottawa in February.

"I'm going to do whatever I can," said Saprykin from Edmonton last night. "I was a bit surprised when I got the call when I got up this morning. Every player wants the chance to play in the playoffs and this is going to be good for me."

Comrie said Saprykin is a "hard working player, who can fit in on any line and create a lot of offence with his speed."

Just where Saprykin is going to fit with the Senators isn't known.

"The message is that we have a lot of depth now," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "He'll fit in somewhere on the third or fourth line."

The Senators decided to settle on Saprykin after they failed in bids to get Florida's Gary Roberts and St. Louis winger Bill Guerin, while Muckler said he never got a call from the Oilers about Ryan Smyth, who landed with the Isles.

Muckler determined that the asking prices on Roberts and Guerin were too high.

He wasn't willing to gamble the future for the present.

Talks with the Panthers broke down late Monday while the Senators were also eliminated from the Guerin talks early because they weren't willing to part with Patrick Eaves or Antoine Vermette.

"I'm surprised by some of the prices that were paid," said Muckler. "I thought they were too high and I wasn't going to get involved in that."


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