Now that Senators GM Bryan Murray has informed Tampa Bay that he is not interested in trading for defenseman Dan Boyle, there's a bit of a backlash going on among Senators fans already worried about Murray not being able to lure any big name unrestricted free-agents to town.
Instead of griping about Murray's perceived tentativeness, they should be applauding him for not allowing the team to be burdened by huge no-trade contracts like their Ontario cousins down Highway 7.
Boyle might be a tempting presence on the power-play but the Senators would be stuck with his no-trade clause that will follow him from Tampa Bay. Six years of a no-trade clause is nothing but a disaster waiting to happen, especially for an athlete who is already 30 years old and has had only two really good seasons in the league.
The optics look bad right now because athletes like Brian Campbell and Dan Boyle tend to be over hyped when they suddenly become available. You might give a player like Nicklas Lidstrom or Chris Pronger a six-year no-trade contract.
But Dan Boyle?
Murray is doing the right thing by being patient.
Right now, a player like Mathieu Schneider with one year left on his contract is a much more suitable replacement for Wade Redden.
.If people were so angry with Redden for refusing to waive his no-trade clause, why would the fans be angry with Murray for not wanting to bring another player with a similar problem into the organization?
It makes no sense on any level.
EDIT: Dan Boyle has been traded to the San Jose Sharks (TSN, Kukla's Korner)
The reported price is steep - Matt Carle, 1st Round Pick, a prospect and a fourth rounder.
Way too steep a price for Murray to pay, both on the players and picks going out and the heavy no-trade contract coming in.
Murray deserves kudos for passing on this deal.