Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray obviously blanched at the kind of deal it would have taken to get Marian Hossa out of Atlanta and instead opted to add a touch of grit to the fourth line in Martin Lapointe.
Perhaps Murray feels that the best move he can make is slot himself back behind the bench in place of John Paddock.
TSN reported today that a player told reporter Brent Wallace that Paddock had already "lost the room" and Wallace went on to say that his firing was a "foregone conclusion". Pierre McGuire also related a story that Murray met with Paddock recently and expressed his displeasure that the team was "flatlining" and that it was a reflection of Paddock's coaching style.
In lieu of a big trade, you can be sure that Murray will be asked persistently about Paddock's status at the traditional post-deadline press conference and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say.
On another note, Senators blogger (and rabid Ray Emery hater) Kevin Lee over at Hockeybuzz claimed that Emery was not on the ice this morning for the skate in Boston. The Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan had this to say about Lee's rumour:
"Contrary to the buzz, Ray Emery did participate in this morning's OPTIONAL team skate at TD Banknorth Garden. In fact, he was one of 10 players out there in a group that also included Martin Gerber. Are you people just waiting for Ray to mess up again or what?"
I'm not sure how Kevin Lee's credibility is going to hold up after this, especially when he wasn't even in Boston personally to see for himself. I wonder what he's going to fill his insipid blog up with now that his personal Satan is still on the team.