Ottawa Senators hunting for help for depleted blueline

The Senators are trying to find help for their thin blueline.

With defenceman Jared Cowen gone for the season after hip surgery and utility blueliner Mike Lundin out with a broken thumb he suffered in Europe for a month, Senators GM Bryan Murray and assistant Tim Murray are looking for help.

Though agents for five or six free UFA’s — including Chris Campoli, Colin White and Milan Jurcina — have contacted the Senators to see if they have any interest, Bryan Murray may opt to go the trade route before camp opens.

“We’ve been working the phones,” Tim Murray told the Team 1200 Tuesday. “Certainly, agents are calling us for the lesser guys. ‘My guy is ready, he’s available and he’s in great shape.’ That’s the message you get from them all.

“One of those guys wouldn’t be your first choice, but that’s not to say they wouldn’t be useful. The phones now with the other GM’s are heating up and so Bryan is certainly going to find out what’s available, what the price is and then that’s a decision you have to make.”

Tim Murray said a trade is the most likely route