With the National Hockey League (NHL) trade deadline fast approaching, teams that are struggling this season are expected to make some key moves to try and turn things around.
One of the teams that are rumored to move some players are the Ottawa Senators, who are rumored to be preparing to ship multiple players, Sporting News reported. The Senators, who are currently sitting at the 29th spot in the team standings, are said to be looking at Rasmus Dahlin, the consensus number one pick in the 2018 Entry Draft. The report said that Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion has already talked to his staff in Florida in terms of scouting the top prospect.
Furthermore, the team is also said to be considering Adam Boqvist who is a top-five ranked player in Sweden. Interestingly, several names were floated to be on the trading block and out of their way. These include defensemen Johnny Oduya and Cody Ceci, as well as forwards Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Smith, Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman, and veteran blueliner, Dion Phaneuf, the report noted.
Meanwhile, a report from Ottawa Sun said that the Tampa Bay Lighting may be working to strike a deal with the Senators. The Lighting is reportedly eyeing the services of Ceci and blueliner Erik Karlsson. The challenge, however, is that the Senators may not be keen on parting with Karlsson. As for Ceci, the Lightning needs to come up with a good offer before the Senators can let go of the former.
Scouts from the Lighting were said to be in Ottawa this week to discuss possible trade deals, the report added. Another Ottawa Sun report said that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed that all hands are on deck when it comes to making moves before the trade deadline on Feb. 26. "(Dorion's) going to go through all the different options that we have available," Melnyk told CTV Ottawa.
"At the end of the day, he gets all the credit if we're successful and he has to wear it if we're not successful. He works day and night to put together a plan that will make us succeed," Melnyk went on to say.