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Senators excited by trade acquisitions

Forwards Alexandre Burrows, Viktor Stalberg provide depth for Ottawa's playoff push

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Captain Erik Karlsson took a look around the Ottawa Senators locker room Wednesday and liked what he saw: newly acquired forwards Alexandre Burrows and Viktor Stalberg talking to the media after their first practice with Ottawa.

"We've done a good job this year to put ourselves in the position that we're in, and I think we've come a long way since training camp," Karlsson said. "I feel like the management is recognizing that. We need a little more depth on our forward side in case of injuries. Coming down the stretch here, there are going to be a lot of tough games. It's definitely a good feeling and a feeling we haven't had here for a long time."

The Senators (33-22-6) are in second place in the Atlantic Division, six points behind the Montreal Canadiens with three games in hand.

Burrows, 35, was acquired Monday in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks for forward prospect Jonathan Dahlen. Stalberg came Tuesday from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Video: Senators acquire Viktor Stalberg from Hurricanes

"I'm excited. I'm really excited," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. "I'm like a kid under the Christmas tree. It's great to look at your board and see the options. That's what it's given us now, different options."

Burrows and Stalberg each has experience playing in big games down the stretch and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's one of those things you've got to go through it," said Stalberg, who won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. "There's a lot of emotions in the playoffs. I think one of the biggest things I took from our run is you're never out of it. We were down 3-1 [against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Second Round], and momentum is a big thing in the playoffs. Once you know you can come back, I think that's important for a group to know that. For some of us, we can bring that element."

Stalberg, 31, said he's looking forward to a chance to be back in the playoffs.

"[The Senators] play a good style of hockey. They've got a lot of offensive threats," Stalberg said. "Obviously, a couple of really good D-men back there and the goaltending has been great. Over the last stretch here they're not giving up a whole lot and winning tight games. That's what you've got to do in the playoffs. I think it is a team built for the playoffs. Now we just have to find a way to get in there."

Burrows waived his no-trade clause and accepted the move to the Senators to be closer to his hometown of Pincourt, Quebec, near Montreal. He signed a two-year, $5 million contract with Ottawa on Tuesday.

"There were so many pros and not many cons," Burrows said. "For me, I find this team is a really good team and it's got a good shot at making the playoffs and going far if we play well. For me it was just a no-brainer to come here.

"I want to win and I feel this team can win in the long run and short run and that's why it made the decision for myself pretty easy."

Burrows skated on left wing on a line with Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman. Stalberg was on left wing with Chris Kelly and Tommy Wingels.

Boucher said he'll like the depth up front when forward Bobby Ryan returns from a broken finger, expected within the next two weeks.

"Plug [Ryan] in there and you look at our lineup and we're basically have three lines that could look like a first line," Boucher said. "That's the depth you need. You look at the top teams in the League, that's what they've got."

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