Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wants his team to be competitive and wants to win as quickly as possible, but he isn't about to sign off on mortgaging the club's future.
The Senators have kicked the tires on the likes of Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, among others, but GM Pierre Dorion recently stated that he doesn't expect to pursue them.
Speaking to local reporters earlier today, Melnyk indicated that competitive market in the NHL makes it difficult to make moves and thinks the prices for some players are way too high.
"Did you see what they want for Duchene and stuff," he said. Oh my god!"
Melnyk plans on meeting with Dorion over the next week to discuss a game plan leading up to the March 1 trade deadline.
"I haven't talked to him about it yet," he told reporters. "I think we're waiting through (this Saturday's game against) Toronto and then we're going to sit down and see what we need to do."
The Sens want to add to their roster, but refuse to part with their top prospects.
"We're not going to jeopardize our future," Melnyk reiterated.
The Senators could focus on trying to acquire rental players such as Detroit's Thomas Vanek, Dallas' Patrick Eaves or Arizona's Radim Vrbata.