Don't bank on any more new faces

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

What you see is what you get with the Senators.

Senators GM Bryan Murray said yesterday that he's talked with several teams about potential trades, but doesn't plan to make any roster changes prior to the start of training camp on Sept. 17.

"Right now, we're planning to go with what we have," said Murray. "We have a good hockey team. We've brought in some people that we believe in critical situations will perform for us.

"I talked to three or four managers yesterday and I will talk to some today and if there's an opportunity to make a trade, then my guess is we will do that."

Murray said he expects players like Jesse Winchester, Nick Foligno and Brian Lee to compete for full-time jobs.

"You have to plan to keep your good players as best you can and that's what I did over the summer with certain guys," said Murray. "I made sure with each individual guy that I had the money to do it within the cap system. We have some flexibility beyond that and I will continue to talk and look. If there is something that we can get that would improve our hockey club, then obviously we would try to do that."

Murray said too much has been made of the character issues in the dressing room. But he believes adding Jason Smith, Jarkko Ruutu and Alex Auld is going to help.

"We had a couple of issues over the course of the year that were magnified more than they probably should have been," said Murray. "We'll have a good group in the room this year. We've got good leadership now. We've addressed a couple of the issues I was worried about.

"The message to our team is: You can trust each other and you can trust us to want this team to have the proper reputation in the community. We certainly want to be strong together in the room and I don't know where I could have found more stronger character people to put in the room."

REDDEN DROPS BY

Ex-Senators D Wade Redden stopped in Ottawa earlier this week to skate at the Bell Sensplex with his former teammates. Redden, who signed a six-year deal with the Rangers in the off-season, will head to New York next week. "The thought of going now is coming pretty quick. Yeah, it's going to be a big change, but we are excited about it," Redden told TSN. "Knowing that I'm not going to be here in a week, I'm sure it will sink in when I get down there and get into new surroundings. It will be a lot different."


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