OTTAWA - The Senators are four points out of a playoff spot and seem to be buyers at the trade deadline.
Ottawa acquired winger Ales Hemsky from the Edmonton Oilers three hours before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline for a third-round pick in this year's draft and a fifth-rounder in 2015.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray said last week he was more interested in trading for a forward with some time left on his contract rather than a rental. Hemsky, 30, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish had been shopping Hemsky dating to this past off-season but could not find a taker until Wednesday.
Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.
— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL