TAMPA -- Senators GM Bryan Murray is keeping his options open.
While he doesn't want to make changes to the lineup, with the Senators mired in a six-game losing streak going into tonight's game against the Lightning, he's looking around to see what's available.
"I don't know if there's anything specific at the moment. I've told teams we need to get healthy. We've said all along that it would be nice to have another forward who can score goals. But there doesn't seem to be that person available right now. We're just trying to find out what is out there."
Murray said the answers mostly have to come from within.
"I'm not sure that trades do very much," said Murray. "You may scare a person. You may eliminate a person or two from your lineup. I think we have a pretty good hockey team. You don't want to make a change just for the sake of making a change. If that's what it takes to stimulate this group, then I'd be pretty disappointed.
"We've got a good group here. We've obviously gotten away from our game. We've got too many guys worried about statistics rather than winning."
Murray has been in regular contact with owner Eugene Melnyk and admitted the Senators Melnyk is concerned.
"(Melnyk's) like all of us: 'What's going on?' 'How did this happen?' or 'How come we lost this particular game?" said Murray. "I think, for the most part, he understands that we are still in first place, we are still in control of whatever we want to be in control of. If it goes on much longer, there'll be motivation to talk more (to Melnyk)."
ON TO EMERY: Ray Emery is going to get his shot at being No. 1. The goalie will make the start tonight against the Bolts and coach John Paddock said the Senators' No. 1 goaltending job is up for grabs because "we need to win hockey games." The club isn't blaming Martin Gerber for all the losses, but they need the goalie to come up with big stops. "Gerbs is just like our team. I mean we were sharp and he was very sharp. We won all the time," said Paddock. "In the last couple of games, he deserved another opportunity after a couple of bad games. It hasn't worked out at the moment. Ray's game has been average to middling when he's played. He's going to get a little more of a chance and he's got to make the most out of it." Would Paddock like Emery to grab the top spot? "We've lost the edge in the standings we had. We haven't won in six games. Without pinpointing it quite like you have, it's there because we want to win some hockey games and we need to win some hockey games. Whether that's 2-1 or 7-6, whatever the case is," said Paddock. "We need to win and that's the most important thing at the very moment ... Whoever is going to give us the best chance to win, I'm going to put in goal at the moment."