Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Kurtis Foster could be off the Senators' radar list heading into Wednesday's trade deadline. And it also appears Ottawa defenceman Anton Volchenkov will be staying put.
A source says the Lightning have decided they will not trade Foster, a Carp native who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, because they feel they're still in the race for a playoff spot.
Senators GM Bryan Murray, however, is still looking to add to his blue line before the deadline.
"You know I'll get something done," Murray said with a wink after the Senators morning skate Tuesday. "As I've said all along, we'd like to address one need on our team. Probably a depth-type defenceman. But it seems like every team is looking for that, and that's the normal thing. I guess that's why we drafted defencemen as much as we did in the last couple of years.
"Beyond that, I feel real good about our team."
Murray said he's not surprised that Florida and Edmonton were able to get second-round picks in the last two days for defenceman who are slated to become unrestricted free agents in July.
"There's so few teams really not in the race. If you want to get a guy, the price is going to be what it is. Either you're willing to pay it, or you'll be left out," said Murray.
On another front, Murray said barring an unforeseen turn of events, Volchenkov will still be a Senator after the deadline.
Volchenkov, slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July, has balked at the team's latest contract offer. But when asked Tuesday if he would consider dealing the physical, shot-blocking blue liner, the Senators GM said it's unlikely.
"That's not the plan at the moment, no," said Murray, who could lose Volchenkov and get nothing in return if the Russian signs elsewhere. Apparently, that's the chance the Senators are going to take.
"I don't know that there will be any further (contract) talks until the summer time," added Murray. "Term is not the issue, but I have a number that I would like to get (Volchenkov) to fit in, but for the moment it doesn't appear that's going to be the case. I just have to work out how we're going to structure deals to keep people that we want to keep and have a chance going forward to have good enough depth to be a contending team on an annual basis."