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Senators GM resisting temptation to trade

Pierre Dorion says Ottawa doesn't want to give up assets, despite recent injuries affecting forward depth

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said he has been tempted to make a move prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 1, but has to balance the Senators' future against the present.

"Being a first-year GM, it's tempting [to make a trade]," Dorion told reporters in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the Senators play at the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, FS-CR, TSN5, RDS. NHL.TV). "We could give up a great asset for the future, but I think we owe it to the organization when those players are going to play, whether it's next year, two or three years, how good they are going to be, you can't do that. That's why right now, we're at a point where we just might stay with what we have.

"Resisting the urge to trade someone that you know will be a really good player, whether it's next year, the year after, three years down the road or four years down the road, is very tough because you want to help this team."

The Senators' top prospects are center Colin White of Boston College in Hockey East and defenseman Thomas Chabot of Saint John of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Dorion said he thinks the Senators are set in goal and on defense. Given the recent wave of injuries to forwards Bobby Ryan, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman, Dorion could trade for help up front.

Ryan is out 4-6 weeks with a broken right index finger. Stone (neck) and Hoffman (groin) missed the Senators' 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday and likely will miss the game Friday, Dorion said.

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"Especially with the rash of injuries now, we probably have to look at if we were going to do something, we have to look at the forward position," Dorion said. "For us, improving that depth, even though I'm happy with what we saw [in a 3-1 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday], you never know you can lose guys quickly as we have lost guys. Having Bobby out for probably about a month, trying guys [from the minors] might not be the worst thing, but trying guys at this time of year is probably the worst thing to do because you need those points every night."

Dorion said there are players he finds attractive on the trade market and said he has talked to a dozen of his counterparts in the past 48 hours.

"There's always attractiveness," he said. "The problem is trying to get them. We'd all like to add five all-stars at the trade deadline, but that's not going to happen."

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