Sens won't trade just anyone

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Bryan Murray, you're on the clock.

With the March 4 NHL trade deadline less than a month away and the Senators' playoff hopes just about dead, Ottawa's GM will start gauging what kind of interest there is in his players with teams looking to bulk up for a post-season run.

While the talk among NHL executives is that everyone on the Senators' roster -- with the exception of captain Daniel Alfredsson -- is available, Murray told Sun Media that's not the case. He's listening to offers, but that doesn't mean he's about to clean house.

"Not everybody is available. I can't say that," Murray said yesterday. "I'm really open-minded with a lot of players, but not everybody."

NO-TRADE CLAUSE

There will be a plenty of interest in winger Chris Neil and defenceman Filip Kuba, who are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

While Neil's rugged style will appeal to a number of teams, Kuba has been the Senators' top blueliner.

Sun Media has confirmed that the 31-year-old Kuba would have to approve any deal because he has a no-trade clause that he waived to come to Ottawa from the Lightning.

Kuba, acquired by the Senators in the deal that sent Andrej Meszaros to Tampa in September, is making $3 million US this season and has played a lot of valuable minutes for Ottawa.

"He's performed very well this year, so I would expect there would be interest and then it's a question of what do we think about it and what does Bryan Murray think about it?" said Kuba's agent, Rich Evans.

Evans said he has had no discussions with Kuba about the possibility of waiving the clause. It's believed the Canadiens and Blue Jackets have expressed an interest in Kuba.

"Filip and I haven't talked about (him getting dealt) at all," said Evans. "He's a quiet guy. He doesn't really like to talk about this stuff, so we haven't. If something comes up, then we will. He just wants to concentrate on playing and doing the best he can on the ice. He doesn't like to be distracted by all this stuff. That's just what he's like and you have to respect that."

INCONSISTENT PLAY

Ottawa will also get calls about the availibility of winger Antoine Vermette and defenceman Christoph Schubert, who have both been inconsistent this season.

Murray said he will consider trades for prospects and draft picks at the deadline.

"I was looking at our draft (record) from the last four or five years and they haven't been great, but I feel good about last year. We have a chance to get a player or two out of each draft and that's about all," said Murray.

"It does do something for you, but you've also got to be aware that you need players to play the games for the next couple of years, so a prospect and a pick for someone would be a consideration."


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