As the trade deadline in the National Hockey League (NHL) approaches, it is not only the cellar dwellers that are scrambling to reorganize their roster. Even those that are in the middle of the standings and are fighting for a better placing in their respective divisions and a wildcard spot are also getting active nowadays.
According to The Sun's Bruce Garrioch, the Calgary Flames are said to be looking at a possible deal with the Ottawa Senators, who are also looking to shake up its roster with major changes. "Two Calgary Flames scouts on the list at #Sens game today. They've been around Ottawa a lot the last two weeks. Have a nice Sunday," posted Garrioch over the weekend on Twitter.
Moreover, the names of Zack Smith and Mike Hoffman of the Senators were also floated, though the two will still be in contract for several years, Sporting News reported. In addition, the Flames also have another challenge facing them, as they do not own draft picks which they could use to their advantage come trade deadline on Feb. 26.
Meanwhile, a report from TSN said that the team cannot be counted out in the race to acquire the services of winger Michael Grabner of the New York Rangers. The report noted that the Flames need to add more speed to the team, particularly on their bottom two lines. The Flames, incidentally, is being slowed down by the likes of Kris Versteeg and Troy Brouwer, the report noted.
As for the Ottawa Senators, Sporting News also reported that the team is likely to shake up its roster to pitch for consensus number one pick, Rasmus Dahlin. Team General Manager Pierre Dorion has already talked to his people in Florida who are scouting the top prospect, the report added.
Some of the names who may be placed on the trading block include forwards Zack Smith, Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman, and Dion Phaneuf, as well as defensemen Cody Ceci and Johnny Oduya. The Senators are currently 29th on the team standings.