The Ottawa Senators are EASILY the most disappointing team in the NHL this season. After making it to within a goal of reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season, the Sens have plummeted in the standings this season and sport an 11-13-7 through the first 31 games of the 2017-18 season.
With failed expectations comes trade rumors and lots of speculation regarding the team’s future. And so long as the Sens are mired at the bottom of the standings, fans and analysts are going to speculate on their next move.
Sportsnet reporter and NHL insider Elliotte Friedman speculates that Sens GM Pierre Dorion has “a lot going on behind the scenes,” and could make a move in advance of the NHL’s Trade Deadline. Specifically, Friedman reports on the availability of sniper Mike Hoffman.
“I think he’s taking an awful lot of calls. I think there’s quite a bit of interest in Hoffman,” said Friemdan in a Sportsnet 590 The FAN radio interview. Another name circling in Sens trade rumors is forward Derick Brassard. Toss back up goaltender Mike Condon into the mix too.
Hoffman, Brassard and Condon are all signed beyond this season, making them more than just a pure rental for the team whom acquires them via trade. Could a deal for a high end prospect or a top draft pick help the Sens down the road? Or, are they better to hold onto their assets and hope that they can rediscover their game?
It may be too late for the Sens this season, but with some astute moves at the deadline, can they set themselves up for 2018-19 and beyond?