It’s slim pickings in Bryan Murray’s search to add a scoring winger.
And if the Senators GM can’t find the scorer he’s looking for, his only viable option may be to get the guys he has here going.
While Alex Frolov of the Rangers is a possibility after he spoke out to a Russian reporter about his lack of ice time under coach John Tortorella, New York GM Glen Sather hasn’t been offering him around.
The two wingers who are available: Boston’s Marco Sturm and Tampa’s Simon Gagne.
The problem: Murray would have to do some fancy math to add either player.
Sturm, who has yet to play in 2010-11 after having reconstructive knee surgery last spring, is making $3.5 million (all terms US) this season. Sturm, 32, was all but dealt to the Kings last week for a conditional draft pick, but the deal fell through.
Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has more than one team interested in Sturm, who is an eight-time 20-goal scorer, including 22 last season in 76 game with the Bruins. Sturm, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, would fit the bill as a top-six winger.
As for Gagne, 30, he has a cap hit of $5.25 million and can also become a UFA in July. Dealt to the Bolts last summer by the Flyers, Gagne has suffered through injuries this season and has only two goals and three assists in 10 games.
Gagne is, however, a four-time 30-goal scorer.
“Those are about the only two guys with any pedigree available who have scored,” said an NHL source. “There’s just not a lot out there right now. The way it works now, is you make moves in the summer.”
Neither the Bruins nor the Lightning would want much in return.
But the Senators can’t do anything without giving up a player off their roster making an equal salary, as Murray has only about $900,000 in cap space.