The Ottawa Senators have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2016-17 season. Not many expected them to challenge for a playoff spot let alone compete for the division title.
The hiring of head coach Guy Boucher and his staff hasn’t led to the most entertaining brand of hockey, but that doesn’t matter if you’re winning.
Like every general manager, Sens GM Pierre Dorion wants to give his team a shot in the arm before the March 1st trade deadline. Just don’t expect him to do it at any cost.
Ottawa and Colorado have been linked as potential trade partners for weeks and that makes sense considering the Senators are likely looking for some scoring help.
The availability of Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene have been well-documented, but so has the asking price. Reports indicate that Avs GM Joe Sakic is looking for a young, NHL-ready defenseman, a top prospect, a first round pick and possibly more.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, if Sakic were to make a deal with the Sens, he’d be looking for Cody Ceci, one of Thomas Chabot or Colin White, a first rounder and more. Yikes, that’s steep.
Although there’s been dialogue between the two clubs, it doesn’t sound like a deal is imminent.
“I’ve talked to (Sakic), as I’ve talked a lot of my other counterparts, and maybe some names aren’t out there,” Dorion said, per the Sun. “It’s the right thing to do to kick tires to find out what’s available and what’s not available from their team.
“I don’t think the reports are always accurate and sometimes it’s better to hear from the horse’s mouth. Joe and I talked and, at this point in time, I can’t see us going in that direction. It wouldn’t make sense.”
Heading into Tuesday’s home game against the Sabres, Ottawa is in second spot in the Atlantic Division. Thanks to the Canadiens’ recent slide, the Sens trail them by six points with five games in hand, which means the division crown isn’t out of the question.
After tonight, they’ll hit the road to take on the Devils on Thursday before heading to Toronto on Saturday night. On Sunday, they’ll host the Winnipeg Jets.