GM thought he had deal

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Senators GM Bryan Murray is ready to wheel and deal.

Now all he needs is a dance partner.

Murray, who joined the Senators just in time to see them get spanked 6-1 in Philadelphia on Sunday, thought he worked out a trade a couple of days ago.

"I thought I had one or two deals done last week. I had some real good conversations with some (player's) names in place and some real strong talk," said Murray, who accompanied the Senators to Sunrise, Fla., as their three-game road trip continues tonight against the Panthers. "Then a day later, the names kind of changed, the deals kind of floundered and then just didn't happen."

It's believed Murray may have been close dealing for the elusive top-six forward he has been looking to add all season.

While former GM John Muckler was reluctant to trade anyone off the Senators' roster, Murray is quite willing to make a player-for-player deal.

"I would certainly consider (moving a roster) player," said Murray. "I would prefer not to do that, and you'd like to keep your team together when you're a contending team and just add a piece to it, but if it worked (out) right, you have to pay to get the type of player you want. I was willing to do that (last week)."

With few teams willing to admit they're out of the playoff race, it's likely Murray held discussions with Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who has been actively shopping winger Ladislav Nagy and defencemen Jaroslav Modry and Rob Blake. Ideally, the Kings would like to get a goalie.

Murray probably also talked to Tampa counterpart Jay Feaster to see what direction Tampa Bay is going to go at the trade deadline.

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"I think you can make a trade if you give up too much," said Murray. "If you give up a young player and a good player for somebody who has an expiring contract, then you can make a deal. To make a trade that I consider a fair trade and to add something we need, it's difficult."

Murray said that with winger Dany Heatley nursing a separated shoulder, he feels a sense of urgency.

"We'd like to do something with a forward," said Murray. "That's been the case from Day 1. I look at our team and I thought we needed a top-six forward. I don't know that there's one available at the right price. I've been having conversations with different people. To me, that's what we need first and foremost and, at the moment, it's not happening."

Murray said the tight standings are making moves difficult.

"Nobody wants to tell their fans they're giving up (on) the season and they're giving up the opportunity to contend," said Murray. "There's not a lot of teams that are out of the race."

Unrestricted free-agent centre Peter Forsberg, who has resumed skating and will make a decision on his future before the trade deadline, remains an option.

Murray said Forsberg's agent, Don Baizley, knows where the organization stands and if the all-star Swede wants a long-term deal, the Senators won't be in the hunt.

"I haven't spoken with them at all. If it's going to happen, they'll let me know so I can make room in the budget," said Murray. 


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