Many expected the Ottawa Senators to be on the move until the last minute yesterday, but the Canadian team stood pat as the NHL’s holiday roster freeze went into effect.
However, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen reports Sens general manager Pierre Dorion is still looking to stir things up for his team, who currently sits eight points out of a playoff spot.
"The belief in league circles is if the Senators do decide to do something, they’ll try to get younger," writes Garrioch. "Dorion doesn’t feel it’s necessary to change the club’s whole roster. However, with the Senators sitting outside a playoff spot, he wouldn’t mind a deal."
According to the report, several rival teams have been inquiring about winger Mike Hoffman, defenceman Cody Ceci, centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau and centre Derick Brassard, who would all bring quite interesting returns to Ottawa.
Garrioch adds that the Senators could be planning a move as early as January, and will make the best of his trip to the world junior championships in Buffalo later this month. Several other NHL GMs are expected to attend and Dorion could finalize a deal ahead of the trade deadline set for Feb. 26th.
The Holiday Freeze certainly doesn't mean Dorion is on vacation.