Fisher not likely leaving Sens anytime soon

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:51 PM ET

The Senators are casting about to see what they can get for Mike Fisher.

But with the 30-year-old armed with a no-movement clause and two years left on his contract carrying a cap hit of $4.2 million, two league executives seriously doubt he'll be going anywhere anytime soon.

"I know teams have called and I'm sure they're just trying to shake things up a bit in Ottawa," said a league executive. "But I don't see it. He's having a bad year. He's not the only one on that team."

Fisher has 13 goals and eight assists through 49 games. At this rate, he's not going to come close to the 25 goals and 28 assists he recorded last season.

Still, teams around the league are attracted to his hard-nosed style.

While Fisher is part of the problem in Ottawa, both executives noted he can be a bigger part of the club's solution if he gets back to contributing the way he's capable.

The executives also noted GM Bryan Murray has to listen to every offer he gets.

"I just don't think they can get enough for him to warrant that kind of move," said another executive. "That's a drastic move and they've got to play (well) next year. They need to have some players."

So, what would be enough to move the veteran Senator?

"You'd have to get two pretty good young players -- and I mean prospects -- and a top draft pick," the executive said.

At this point, all options are on the table for Murray and the floundering Senators.

OFF THE GLASS

Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi is busy trying to get his team back in a playoff position before the Feb. 28 trade deadline. If the Kings don't make the post-season, fingers will be pointed at Lombardi -- who's been desperately calling around the NHL trying to get scoring. Sources say Lombardi even called Rangers GM Glen Sather to see if he would move RW Marian Gaborik, who had 15 goals and 14 assists in 35 games heading into Saturday's action. It's doubtful New York -- which is also fighting to stay in the playoff race -- would deal one of its few offensive weapons unless Sather receives a tremendous offer from Lombardi. The Kings GM is not in a position to make that kind of move, but could give up prospect C Brayden Schenn to land immediate help ... The Habs and GM Pierre Gauthier work quietly, but we're happy to report they are trying to add a scoring forward. No, they won't bring back Alex Kovalev, whose miserable two seasons in Ottawa are coming to an end. Instead, the Habs might look at Flyers RW Nikolai Zherdev (17 points in 41 games this season). Gauthier seems to think he's smarter than everybody else and likes reclamation projects.

THIS 'N' THAT

Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn't done making moves after adding two forwards -- C Kyle Wellwood off waivers and LW Ben Eager from the Thrashers -- last week. Wilson has been looking for a blueliner all season. The speculation is he might use one of his forwards to fill that need. You have to wonder if RW Devin Setoguchi will be used as bargaining chip. He is affordable with a $3.625-million cap hit for two more seasons ... Back in Norris Trophy form: Boston D Zdeno Chara. He had his first career hat trick last Monday against the Hurricanes and is a physical force. He will be interesting to watch in the playoffs ... Since the Senators' top need next season is a goalie, they should make a pitch for Vancouver G Cory Schneider. The strong belief is that at some point, he's going to be put on the market because the Canucks won't be able to keep him happy backing up Roberto Luongo.

RUMOURS DU JOUR

Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is trying to wheel and deal. League sources say he'd like to exchange veteran blueliners for younger players before the deadline. The belief is the Leafs would like to move Francois Beauchemin or Mike Komisarek. Both have time left on their deals and will be difficult to move. Beauchemin ($3.8-million cap hit) has another year left on his contract, while Komisarek ($4.5-million hit) is signed through 2013-14. While Burke has insisted he won't ask Tomas Kaberle to waive his no-movement clause, he's going to be the most attractive option for contenders who want blueline help. Kaberle is in the final year of his $4.25-million deal. The Sharks, Bruins, Predators and Avs are looking to shore up their defence ... The Panthers are ready to clean house. GM Dale Tallon wants to follow the model he used to make Chicago a Stanley Cup champion -- beginning with clearing out veterans. G Tomas Vokoun, LW Cory Stillman, and RWs Radek Dvorak and Rostislav Olesz are all being shopped Keep an eye on C Stephen Weiss, an attractive option with a $3.1-million hit and two years left on his contract. Sources say the club's top scorer is available and attracting plenty of interest ... The Flyers could decide to bring in another goalie as insurance behind Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher. Don't expect a repeat performance from last season's playoff hero, Michael Leighton. After clearing waivers, he will remain in the AHL. If the Panthers decide to move Vokoun, Philly could be interested. It's highly doubtful Vokoun's going to re-sign with Florida ... Observers are waiting for Flames GM Jay Feaster to make a move. It's been almost a month since he took over after Darryl Sutter resigned, promised changes and hasn't done a thing as near as we can tell. Feaster did win a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004, folks, before the salary cap was implemented. Just sayin'.

Have a nice Sunday.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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