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.
He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow. I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense... I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver.
— Coyotes GM Don Maloney on defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson