On the surface, a deal between the Senators and Sabres involving Matt Moulson would "make sense," as one NHL executive put it Tuesday.

But the asking price for John Tavares' former winger could also be too rich for Bryan Murray's blood.

"Lots," another NHL exec figured when asked what it would cost a team to get Moulson, a 30-year old who has 14 goals and 17 assists in 42 games split between Long Island and Buffalo this season. "A minimum of a first (round pick) and a top young player. And I'm not even sure they even want a first in this draft."

Moulson, who's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July, is expected to be looking for long term deal at double his current $3.13 million salary, which also would likely scare Ottawa off.

So where do the Senators turn in search of a forward who could either help them score more or add to their physicality, preferably before the Olympic break? Owner Eugene Melnyk says Murray has his approval to get the player he needs, and the management team is planning to put together its target list in upcoming meetings, but they may have to wait until the other side of Sochi to get something done.

"There is not a lot on the market," said one of the above executives. "Everyone is looking for the same thing. It could open up once we get closer to the deadline."

One player rumoured to be available and having the Senators eye is Edmonton's Ales Hemsky, a 30-year old who the Oilers put on the market last summer. Hemsky, who will be a UFA in the summer, has seven goals and 17 assists in 47 games.

Dismiss speculation that Calgary's Mike Cammalleri could be on Ottawa's radar. While the Senators were interested in Jason Spezza's pal when he last became a free agent -- and while Cammalleri has 13 goals in 37 games for the Flames this season, Murray is likely interested in a bigger body-type guy -- and not someone who will be commanding a raise on his current $6 million salary in the summer.