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by George Malik on 06/19/13 at 03:14 AM ET
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray was one of the original architects of the Red Wings' 90's teams, but I'm glad that he's not the Wings' GM anymore. The GM of the team that resides in the newly-rechristened "Candian Tire Centre" has never shied away from talking about his desire to make personnel moves, and the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch found that Murray was eager to talk about his desire to move up at the entry draft, and that he'll spend Wednesday's GM's meetings mining cap-troubled teams for a top-six forward as well:
The Senators are supposed to pick No. 17, but Murray is bound and determined to try to move up.
"We have a chance to get a good player this year. The draft, through the first round, is fairly decent," said Murray. "There's a variety of types. We know now that we've got a core of young players coming with a fair amount of talent. There's a certain type of player that we'll be looking for in that spot. It's hard to say at the moment what that is, but a player who is going to fit into our hockey team in the future."
Murray said he has spoken with four teams above him and is trying to move up. He certainly suggested he'd willing to move one of the club's top prospects as part of a package if it meant the Senators have a chance to move up.
"I will call a number more and see if anybody wants to move," said Murray. "There are certain reasons to move fairly high and if you don't do that, then maybe we're OK where we are. I have talked and nobody has really gotten back to me. I don't suspect that anybody will be willing to move down, but you never know. We might have an asset that would address a need."
Murray ruled out using the draft pick to get the Top 6 forward who can score. He will use the GM meeting in Boston to see what scoring forwards might be coming available with the salary cap going down. He said he has spoken to a couple of teams about forwards.
"I'll have the opportunity to talk to a variety of managers for different teams," said Murray. "Then, we'll see if anybody is really interested in engaging and trying to do something for their team.Where we are right now (at No. 17) I don't think we'll get the Top 6 guy, but maybe that's a possibility if we're patient enough in three or four years. We might be able to get a better player if we want to move up, but you have to be willing to pay a price for that as well."
Garrioch continues and offers news about Daniel Alfredsson and Paul MacLean.
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