The Ottawa Senators seek scoring while the Minnesota Wild need help in goal and on defense. 

Senators GM Bryan Murray seeks a top-six forward.

Senators GM Bryan Murray seeks a top-six forward.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray is still trying to acquire a top-six forward to give his club an offensive boost. Murray acknowledged speaking to several teams about an experienced scoring forward but said they’re tough to get right now. He’s currently in “wait-and-see mode”, preferring to give his team more time to get itself back in the playoff hunt. The Senators are currently eight points away from the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

TWINCITIES.COM: Chad Graff reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is working the phones seeking help for his fading club. Graff claims Fletcher must decide if he’ll part with draft picks or young assets to land a rental player to help them push for a playoff berth.  The Wild are currently 12th overall in the Western Conference. Goaltending is the Wild’s obvious need but Fletcher admitted his trade talks have also included defensemen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators and Wild are in a difficult position. There’s still enough time in the season for both clubs to push for a playoff spot, but they’re also dealing from a position of weakness. Rival GMs know this and will try to exploit it, hoping Murray and Fletcher will become desperate enough to part with a good asset, like a first-round pick, a top prospect or a good young roster player for a rental player who could bolt via free agency this summer. The other problem is there aren’t many teams in sell mode right now, meaning there’s not a lot of depth in the trade market. 

Some of you might suggest the two clubs swap with each other, as the Senators have depth in goalies and defensemen while the Wild have some good young forwards. Maybe that happens, but based on recent rumors they appear to be speaking with other teams.  For the Wild, the Carolina Hurricanes (Cam Ward), Edmonton Oilers (Viktor Fasth or Ben Scrivens), St. Louis Blues (Martin Brodeur) and Buffalo Sabres (Jhonas Enroth or Michal Neuvirth) seem the best options for goaltenders. The Sabres (Chris Stewart or Drew Stafford), Hurricanes (Jiri Tlusty), Arizona Coyotes (Antoine Vermette), New Jersey Devils (Michael Ryder) and Philadelphia Flyers (Matt Read or Vincent Lecavalier) seem the best bets as trade partners for the Senators.