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Quick Axelsson Update

August 28, 2006, 2:03 PM ET [ Comments]

There really isn’t a whole lot of trade compatibility between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators at the moment.

As the Senators continue to pursue Bruins winger and captain Daniel Alfredsson’s international line-mate, Per-Johan Axelsson, they are further understanding how tough it will be to make general manager Peter Chiarelli budge on a deal.

It comes down to this. Sens general manager John Muckler is looking to off-load defense to a team which has little desire for any player of the position. The B’s have blue-line depth coming out of their ears, and sparing Axelsson - a player they value highly - further weakens their club at a position of vulnerability.

A source speculates that Muckler has been offering something along the lines of Anton Volchenkov and centerman/left-wing Chris Kelly, but that it isn’t making Chiarelli bite.

Don’t be overly surprised if Muckler backs out and chooses to go a different route. The Senators are weak on the left side, particularly if they want Heatley playing on his natural wing.

Muckler will continue to seek trade options to strengthen his left-wing in the coming weeks.

More to follow,

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