LOS ANGELES — The Senators have a better chance of moving back in the first round of the NHL draft than forward.
Assistant GM Tim Murray admitted Wednesday it’s tough to move up from the No. 16 position.
Instead, the Senators might be able to acquire a draft pick in the second round if they agree to move back a few spots. That decision won’t be made until they get to the table Friday night.
“It usually takes a second-round pick to sweeten the pot to move up. We don’t have one because we used our two for good assets,” said Murray.
“It might make sense for us to move down, especially if we think we can get two or three of the players we want later on in the draft. The only other way to move up would be our No. 1 pick and a young player off our roster. That would be tough, but would depend on who was available.”
No buyout yet
The Senators haven’t exercised their option to buy out RW Jonathan Cheechoo. Before making the move, the Senators are trying to deal his rights elsewhere. Maybe another team would take on Cheechoo’s $3.25-million contract and buy him out if the Senators agree to take a larger deal back.
The Senators have extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents Peter Regin, Nick Foligno, Jesse Winchester and Chris Campoli. There’s a lot of posturing going in Regin’s camp, but he’ll likely be signed or get a two-year deal done at arbitration.