OTTAWA - Bryan Murray wants to move into a better position in Friday’s NHL draft.
But he’s not about to deal Erik Karlsson and the No. 6 overall pick to do it.
Murray has done lots of talking, but he doesn’t expect the Senators will move out of the No. 6 slot in Friday’s NHL draft.
The Senators GM has talked to the five teams picking ahead, but he hasn’t been able to find anybody willing to move down.
If that’s the case — and it could change on Friday — Murray will have to decide if he wants to move back in the draft, if a player he covets isn’t available.
With six picks — including two in the first round — in the first 66 selections, Murray, along with assistant GM Tim Murray and director of scouting Pierre Dorion, will focus on who is available.
“We’ve tried to move up in the early first round, but at this point it doesn’t appear that will happen,” Bryan Murray told reporters in St. Paul Thursday. “We’ll pick with our (No. 6) pick and then we’ll continue to talk about the other pick we have (at No. 21) and see if we can do anything with it.
“For the time being, we’re picking No. 6 and No. 21 in the first round and we’ll have to be happy about that. I thought we made considerable offers to a couple of teams and, at this point, they’ve said no.”
Tim Murray said the Senators will likely trade some of their picks and has had plenty of talks.
“We’ve been asked if we’d be willing to move a player with a pick rather than two picks,” Murray told The Team 1200. “It depends on the player. I think one team did ask about a little Swedish defenceman (Erik Karlsson) and the sixth overall and it was politely declined. There are lots of ideas out there that we don’t agree with and there will be lots of offers. You just have to pick the right one.
“I can see us moving two picks for sure, if not three, but I believe the price for moving up for one pick is usually two picks, not three picks. That’s what it has been in the past. I could see us moving a couple of picks. We could be talking about (keeping) eight or nine picks, but we could be talking 11. I would guess that we would probably trade two picks.”
The Senators would like to deal veteran defencemen Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar.
They’re hoping to get a forward — Ryan Strome, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau, Sean Couturier or Mika Zibanejad — with their top selection. They’ve got a wealth of defencemen in the organization, but won’t commit to a forward.
“We’re going to take the best player available,” said Bryan Murray. “We hope we know who might fall to that spot, but we’re going to take the best player. I really think we’ll get a good player. Two good players in the first round.”