Ottawa fans want defenseman Anton Volchenkov in their colors. By all accounts, Senators management wants Volchenkov in their colors beyond this season. With the trade deadline nearing, however, general manager Bryan Murray is running out of time and options.
Seconds on the Volchenclock are ticking away. The Ottawa Senators want to retain the services of the shutdown defenceman (Sens fans want him re-signed even more than that), and Anton Volchenkov wants to cash in. Can't blame Volchenkov for looking to get his money: He plays a style that takes its physical toll, and he's got to make sure his next contract gets him a nice nest-egg to put away for retirement. At the same time, the Senators need to be careful: That very style Volchenkov plays makes it difficult to commit to him long-term, because who knows when one of those shots he blocks will damage the Android irreparably.
The three options, according to Silver Seven? Give him what he wants, keep him and try to re-sign him before July, or trade him at Wednesday's deadline. Click over to read the entire piece.