The Ottawa Senators' plan has become clearer: general manager Pierre Dorion is on the lookout and apparently willing to shop several players, including winger Mike Hoffman, defenceman Cody Ceci, centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau and centre Derick Brassard, who would all bring quite interesting returns to Ottawa.
Now NHL insider Elliotte Friedman threw out a great idea for two Cup contenders in this week's 31 thoughts on Sportsnet, that could make lots of sense as the trade deadline draws nearer.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are said to be on the market for a centre, and head coach John Tortorella might be willing to reunite with Brassard, as the two of them worked well with the New York Rangers.
Friedman warns you not to forget about another member of the Rangers at the time, who might be looking to reunite with the 30-year-old forward. Tortorella’s assistant was Mike Sullivan at the time, and now the Pittsburgh Penguins and his team are seeking for a centre as well.
We might see a battle for the centre on the trade market! Maybe Dorion can benefit from it and get an interesting return for Brassard before Feb. 26.