CALGARY - Bryan Murray is hoping to do a little shopping before he arrives in Western Canada.
While the Senators arrived here Sunday to get ready for Tuesday’s game against the Flames, Murray stopped in Toronto for meetings with his fellow NHL GMs following the Hall-of-Fame inductions Monday night.
And while there was talk about supplementary discipline and officiating, there was also plenty of trade chatter.
The Senators will hit the 20-game mark of the regular season Thursday in Edmonton.
“This is the time where teams finally get serious about their trade discussions,” said a league executive Monday. “Teams know what they have, know what they need to add and know what they want to subtract.”
Murray wouldn’t mind adding another Top 6 forward, possibly a second-line centre. Sources say the options are limited, but some GMs are getting antsy either to stay in the playoff race or unload cash.
Columbus GM Scott Howson is the most active working the phones. The only Jacket not being shopped is LW Rick Nash. Pretty much everybody else is available ... and the objective is to get rid of money.
The Senators could have at least mild interest in 24-year-old Gatineau native Derick Brassard. He’s minus-11 with two goals and two assists in 15 games and was a healthy scratch Saturday night. Brassard might turn out to be a good fit on the Senators’ second line.
The concern is cost: He has a $3.2 million cap hit through 2013-14. The Isles are also believed to be interested. Isles GM Garth Snow could satisfy Howson’s need for a goalie with Evgeni Nabokov.
The other option, and it might be a longshot, is Phoenix C Kyle Turris. The restricted free agent has to sign a contract before Dec. 1 or he’ll have to sit out the season.
While Don Maloney has insisted he won’t deal Turris, there’s always the chance he at least listens to offers as the deadline approaches.
The Flames are trying to move C Matt Stajan, who has three years left with a cap hit of $3.5 million.
The Senators have a surplus of defencemen and several teams are looking for help in that area. There hasn’t much interest so far in either Filip Kuba, an unrestricted free agent on July 1, or Brian Lee.