The Ottawa Senators have seemingly been in fire sale mode since November, and yet, nothing has happened. They made a massive trade to acquire Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche, but that was before things went south.
In fact, that's about the exact time when things went wrong for the Canadian team.
General manager Pierre Dorion, who recently had his contract extended, asked for every single player's no-trade list if they had a clause in their contract that allowed them to have one, and let it be known league-wide that they will take calls on every player on the roster.
One of the most attractive pieces available not named Erik Karlsson is top six centreman Derick Brassard.
Acquired from the New York Rangers in a trade for Mika Zibanejad, Brassard hasn't put up his best numbers with Ottawa, but he's an effective player nonetheless.
On a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins, he'd make for a threatening third centre behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
There's just one, rather significant, catch.
According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the price is quite hefty, and it might turn several teams away from the table.
Considering he's a player with a bit of term left, Dorion likely feels justified in his price. Add to that the fact that he's a centre, and not a winger, and you have an explanation for the premium price tag.
The 30-year-old managed 39 point in 2016-17 after putting up 60 and 58 points in the two seasons before that. His 30 points in 52 games this season put him on pace for 47 points through 82 games.
A first round pick, a top prospect, and a third, unidentified piece. That would likely be a depth roster player, low pick, or B-level prospect.
Who's willing to make that trade?