Trouble in Ottawa

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray is apparently running out of patience with his underachieving team who are currently last in the Eastern Conference with only three points. Following a gruelling Wednesday morning practice Murray, who had high expectations for his team stated that he would be open to making some changes. “I’ve talked to a number of people, as I said,” Murray said. “I talked to (Minnesota Wild general manager) Chuck Fletcher for a long time yesterday and said, ‘can I help you, you help me’ type of thing, so we’re talking to management of other teams, trying to find if there is a need and possibility of making more.” After signing veteran offensive defenceman Sergei Gonchar in the off-season there was a lot of optimism in the nation’s capital but so far he has registered only two assist and a -4 in only six games. If that wasn’t bad enough Ottawa also lost their best player in goaltender Pascal Leclaire who is out indefinitely with a groin injury. Murray was however active on this day as he sent defenceman Zack Smith to Binghampton and called up blue liner Dale Hale. “I think that we have a couple of young guys on the blue line who have really struggled to play their game and I think that it has become contagious,” Murray said. “I can’t say that one of our ‘D’ have played to where I thought they would be.”


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