Sens won't pay price

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

While the Senators were happy to add a two-time Stanley Cup winner at yesterday's NHL trade deadline, fans will be buzzing about the ones that got away.

While picking up physical winger Martin Lapointe from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Sens tried to grab some scoring punch with Marian Hossa ... and some goaltending help in Nikolai Khabibulin.

In the end, with $6.75 million left on Khabibulin's contract, the Senators decided to stick with Ray Emery and Martin Gerber.

"I talked about a goaltender, yes," said Senators GM Bryan Murray. "The money, as happens too often in this business, gets in the way, with the salary cap going forward. They were just discussions. I don't know if we got into any depth or detail, but we did talk about it."

The Senators chased Marian Hossa, who was dealt to Pittsburgh, but decided that giving up Antoine Vermette, Nick Foligno and a 2008 first-round draft was too costly.

Lapointe should provide a boost. He arrives in town armed with hardware he earned with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

Lapointe wasn't able to get out of Chicago in time to suit up against the Boston Bruins last night. He'll meet with the Senators today in Philly and will make his debut tomorrow night against the Flyers.

'REALLY EXCITED'

"I'm really excited and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," Lapointe told the Sun. "This is a really great opportunity for me. (Hawks GM) Dale Tallon had met with me Sunday and we talked about a few teams that were interested. I'm really happy that the Hawks did something like this for me and my family is really excited as well."

It's believed the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars had interest in Lapointe. Ottawa is a nice fit for a Lapointe, who has a strong relationship with Murray. A former Wings GM, Murray selected Lapointe with the 10th pick overall in 1991.

'TERRIFIC MAN'

"I drafted Marty Lapointe back in Detroit and I said to him, 'Maybe, we can end our careers together,' " said Murray. "He's a terrific man. He came as a young player and I saw terrific character in him. I really like that he's won. He's not afraid to step on toes and he's going to fit in well with our leadership group."

Another reason the Senators acquired Lapointe is they'll be without Chris Neil for 4-5 weeks with a torn MCL in his right knee.

"He doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain, but he needs a lot of work at this time," said Murray.


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