Sens have back up to a wall
By BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun
HALIFAX -- Senators GM John Muckler's cellphone is charged up and
ready to ring.
Muckler has until tomorrow to trade a goalie -- Jani Hurme or Martin
Prusek -- or he risks losing one them in Friday's waiver draft.
Teams must submit their protected lists of two goalies and 18
skaters by tomorrow at 4 p.m. After being reviewed by the NHL, the
lists will be released on Wednesday.
Sources say the Senators are leaning toward leaving Hurme
unprotected because of Prusek's potential. In fact, Muckler has been
fielding calls to see what he can get in exchange for the veteran
"The phone is starting to ring a little bit," Muckler said yesterday
before he boarded a plane to Ottawa. "I've gone from getting no calls
to getting a few. It should heat up."
It's believed St. Louis, Columbus, Florida and Tampa Bay have a mild
interest in Hurme. The Bolts need somebody behind Nikolai Khabibulin,
while Columbus dealt veteran Ron Tugnutt to Dallas in the off-season.
If the Senators can deal Hurme, the best they can hope to get is a
high draft pick.
Washington, meanwhile, has also shown interest in Prusek.
Unfortunately for Muckler, he's not dealing from a position of
strength after both Hurme (finger) and Prusek (groin) were hurt
during camp. Both remain out of action.
Asked if would be difficult to make a decision on whom to protect,
Muckler didn't seem worried.
"That's a tough question, but I think as an organization we know
what both of these guys can do because (coach) Jacques (Martin) has
been watching for a long period of time," said Muckler.