Senators Resisting Urge to Enter Trade Market

The Ottawa Senators sit in seventh place in the Atlantic Division after 24 games. In the 16-team Eastern Conference, the Senators are tied for last place with the Montreal Canadiens. It hasn't been a very good season with just 15 points thus far. Yet, despite the slow start to the 2021-22 campaign, the Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion is resisting the urge to make significant trades.

Team general manager Dorion announced on December 4th that the Senators are not in the market to trade for fresh players to end their struggles. According to Dorion, there is no reason to give up a "big future piece" to achieve immediate success. Hockey fans are gearing up for the NHL's Olympic break as the world's top players will compete for their nations at the Winter Games. Hockey fans can get the latest betting bonusar med information and sports betting news before wagering on their favorite hockey nation at the Olympics.

Dorion expects team to improve

Dorion is unwilling to trade away players to address the team's current problems if those incoming players won't be around for the long-term in the Canadian capital. Although Dorion isn't in the market to make any trades to address the Senators' poor play, he has confirmed that rival teams' general managers have contacted him.

General managers around the league have tried to tempt Dorion into trading away some of Ottawa's key pieces. However, the Senators' general manager expects the team to improve over the course of the season and potentially fight for a playoff place come spring.

Goalie Matt Murray waived after signing big contract in 2020

Trades may not be on the cards for the Senators, but Dorion did place goalie Matt Murray on waivers at the end of November. Murray failed to live up to his potential between the posts and was sent to American Hockey League team Belleville.

It was a fall from grace for Murray, who is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017). The 27-year-old was 0-5-0 with a 3.26 goals-against average and an .890 save percentage with Ottawa in 2021-22.

Last season, Murray posted a record of 10-13-1 with a 3.38 GAA and an .893 save percentage in 27 games (25 starts). However, this season has seen the NHL move back to its pre-COVID division alignment. The Senators and Murray would have benefitted from playing exclusively against Canadian teams last season.

Murray is in the second campaign of a four-year, $25-million contract, which was signed in October 2020 after he was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Waiving Murray gives Ottawa the chance to find itself on the defensive end of the ice.

Injuries are hurting Ottawa's performances

Ottawa center Colin White isn't expected back with the team until March He is nursing a shoulder injury sustained in October. Center Shane Pinto also has an injured shoulder. He had surgery on November 24 and will be out for up to six months.

Forward Josh Brown suffered an upper-body injury and is likely to be out until January. Meanwhile, defenseman Erik Brannstrom has a broken hand, but is nearing a return for late December.

The Senators have had plenty of injury issues, but Dorion isn't panicking. For now, the Ottawa general manager is playing it cool and hoping for a second half of the season playoff push when players get healthy.

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