Manhattan transfer?

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

NEW YORK -- The Senators could be stepping up their pursuit of defenceman Mattias Ohuld.

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and assistant Lawrence Gilman were on the list of scouts for last night's Senators-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden and GM Bryan Murray hasn't made any secret of the fact he's looking for a puck-moving defenceman.

While the Gillis' Canucks were playing across town on Long Island, it's believed contract talks with Ohlund have been fruitless and if they continue to go nowhere, he might be asked to waive his no-movement clause to accept a deal elsewhere.

It's believed the Senators are willing to move winger Antoine Vermette. The Canucks are far from their only potential trading partner.

Murray has been working the phones vigorously and Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough was also in attendance.

There were also two scouts from Columbus and Los Angeles among the eight teams that were represented.

A league executive told Sun Media that Murray "might be one of the most active GMs working the phones right now" next to Tampa Bay's Brian Lawton, who has been offering virtually every player on his roster.

SCHUBERT SITS: The arrival of D Brendan Bell from Binghamton was bad news for D Christoph Schubert. He was a scratch for the fourth time this season and coach Craig Hartsburg didn't hide the fact he's not happy with Schubert. "He's not playing as well as he did earlier," said Hartsburg. "I don't need to get into that. He just hasn't played as well. There's no use getting into the long stuff." Schubert said he was told he wouldn't be playing during a 1-on-1 meeting with Hartsburg when the club arrived in Manhattan. "I'm not going to be happy about it. There's nothing I can do. I just have to keep working and wait until I get my chance again," said Schubert. "I understand (Hartsburg) is under pressure right now and he wants to make some changes. He started with me and we're going to see what happens in the future." Hartsburg said he didn't give any thought to putting Schubert back at forward. "This is new for me. I've got to get used to it by making a better effort in practice and working hard to get better every day," said Schubert.

A LONG ROAD: Bell had his own version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles to get to MSG, but nothing could wipe the smile off the face of the former 67's captain at MSG after the morning skate. "I've always got the energy for a callup," said Bell, who last night played his fifth game in eight days. Last week, Bell, 25, the Baby Sens' second-leading scorer with 15 points (6G-9A), got up early Monday morning in Binghamton to make an all-day trek by bus and plane to Prince Edward Island for an AHL game Tuesday in Summerside against Bridgeport. The next night, the two teams played in St. John's, N.L.

Thursday saw more plane and bus travel back to Bingo for a home-and-home with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. "They gave me (Sunday) night off at the hotel. That was good enough for me," said Bell, who suited up for his 300th AHL game of his career in Summerside.

DATE CIRCLED: Former Senators D Wade Redden, who played against his former club in the pre-season, said he's been looking forward to this home-and-home series against his former team which wraps up Saturday with his first visit to Scotiabank Place since signing with the Rangers. "I certainly, in the summer, checked out the first time we'd be meeting with each other," Redden said last night. "It's exciting to be up against them and I've been looking forward to it. It's official, not that it wasn't official before, but to play against them is a good thing. I'm looking forward to it." Redden said the transition period after spending 11 years with the Senators hasn't been easy. "I don't know what I expected, but I think it takes a little time," Redden said. "For sure I wanted to come in and make an impression, but I also just tried to fit in. ... I feel I can step it up."

BLUELINE NOTES: RW Chris Neil will go for an MRI to find out the extent of his knee once the Senators return to Ottawa today. Neil, injured after being hit before a fight with Isles' D Tim Jackman Saturday, was feeling better, but he's still limping, sore and wasn't able to suit up. "We'll have a better idea exactly what it is (today)," said Hartsburg ... No game at the Garden would be complete without a chant of "Potvin Sucks" just after the puck is dropped ... The New York Post speculated that the Rangers may have an interest in Neil and Vermette. It indicated the Rangers are willing to move RW Petr Prucha, who hasn't scored in the eight games he'd played in prior to last night, when he only got in the lineup due to C Scott Gomez being scratched due to injury.

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GAME STORY

RANGERS 2

SENATORS (SO) 1

How They Scored

FIRST PERIOD

No Scoring.

SECOND PERIOD

1. SENS: After fighting off Roszival, Alfredsson is able to make his way into the slot to beat Lundqvist low on the glove side. Sens 1, Rangers 0.

THIRD PERIOD

2. RANGERS: From the slot, Sjostrom takes a pass in the slot and beats Auld high on the glove side. Sens 1, Rangers 1.

OVERTIME

No Scoring.

SHOOTOUT

3. RANGERS: Zherdev beats Auld on the stick side on the first shot. Rangers, 2, Sens 1.

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THREE STARS

Selected by Bruce Garrioch

- Lundqvist

Rangers

- Auld

Senators

- Alfredsson

Senators


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