No Sens trade in works

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

BUFFALO -- Senators GM Bryan Murray isn't ready to push the panic button.

With Ottawa in the midst of a four-game losing skid heading into tonight's game against the Sabres at HSBC Arena, Murray told reporters yesterday that he's received a few calls from teams that are willing to "help," but he'd rather the answers to the club's problems come from within.

Murray, who will likely meet Eugene Melnyk tomorrow to discuss the team's woes at the owner's ranch in Ocala, Fla., said he could make a trade in a heartbeat, but added he's not going to do anything that would cause the franchise to take a step backward.

"If (players) are waiting (for changes), it's only because it's being talked about elsewhere," Murray said in the wake of the Senators' 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday. "We made changes this summer, we did bring people in.

"I don't think seven or eight games into a season, after making seven or eight changes, you should be looking. I mean, I can make some trades. It's not hard to make a trade. All I have to do is give a better player than I get back. That's all I have to do, but I don't want to do that. There are a couple of players who are not playing at the level that they should be playing at and if I trade them now, it will come back to haunt us."

Murray could be talking about any number of players among his group of underachievers.

INTEREST IN OHLUND

It's believed other teams often call about the Senators' core group -- Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Antoine Vermette, Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov --players Murray wouldn't likely trade.

The Senators' top priority is to get a puck-moving defenceman and they have held talks with the Canucks about Mattias Ohlund. The team could also be on the lookout for a goaltender.

Murray said he initiated discussions at the GMs' meetings last week in Chicago, but found no partners.

"It appeared, at the moment, that nobody is any hurry to make many moves. When you get to the 10-game mark, you'll probably get a little more interest in talking," said Murray.

STILL CONFIDENT

For now, Murray wants the players to do their jobs.

"We just need people playing 'your role'. We've got some of our better players trying to do too much and I only mean that by running all over the place. All they have to do is be like Shean Donovan and Dean McAmmond (against the Leafs): Play your damn position, use your ability, take the puck wide and somebody go to the net."

Murray said he's confident this group can get the job done if the players get their act together.

"I think we show, in every game, spurts of time where we dominate," said Murray. "We get the puck in deep, we have the puck, we make plays at the net, we work hard coming back and we control periods of games.

"To me, there are big blocks (of games) we've played well. But before or after that, we just stand around."


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