Updates on the Senators and Stars, plus the latest on Alexander Semin.
Senators still seeking a top-six winger.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports at some point Senators GM Bryan Murray would like to add the top-six forward he’s sought for some time. He wasn’t able to find one via trade or free agency. Garrioch speculates this is something that will have to wait until after training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The acquisition of Bobby Ryan two years ago was supposed to have addressed that issue. Given the Senators depth in rising young forwards (Mika Zibanejad, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Curtis Lazar), Murray might find what he needs from within his own ranks.
Should the Stars shake up their defense?
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika wonders if the time is right for the Stars to shake up their defense. He notes the Stars are hoping to improve blueliner Trevor Daley’s game, but they could also shop him. Heika wonders if it’s worthwhile for them to pursue a UFA like Johnny Oduya or Cody Franson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stars GM Jim Nill has been preaching patience with his young blueliners. However, it’s not lost on anyone who follows this team that, while they were second overall in goals-per-game last season, they were 19th in shots-against per game.
One reason for that disparity is their young defense corps. There isn’t an established top-two defenseman in the bunch. Nill is obviously aware of this, but he’s got limited cap space and doesn’t seem keen to invest in what little talent is available via the UFA market, while there doesn’t appear to be any decent trade targets. They could end up heading into 2015-16 with their current defense corps intact.
Latest on Semin.
NBC SPORTS: Dhiren Mahiban cites a report from Russia claiming former Carolina Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin isn’t interested in joining the KHL and hopes to land a one-year contract with an NHL team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Semin could prove attractive for clubs seeking affordable short-term scoring depth. Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, Montreal and Toronto might kick the tires.