The Edmonton Oilers are slowly back on the rise after a very disappointing first quarter of the season. On the other hand, the Ottawa Senators are sinking to the bottom of the league's standings and are taking offers on basically all of their players.
One player that will be attractive to many teams, and has captured the interest of Oilers' general manager Peter Chiarelli - is sniper Mike Hoffman. With 27, 29, and 26 goals respectively in his last 3 seasons (incomplete at that), the sniper has proven to be a top scorer in today's NHL.
The Oilers need a legitimate scoring winger for Connor McDavid and Hoffman may very well be that piece.
Nick Kypreos of Hockey Night in Canada stated that the winger will be the "easiest" player to trade, and that "some have suggested to me that the Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers have had conversations on Hoffman.”
Kypreos goes on to say that the Oilers will offer picks and or prospects rather than a current roster player, as they want to bolster the roster, not fill a hole while creating another.
Pierre Dorion is unlikely to make this deal until he has a better idea of his team's playoff chances. Despite their struggles, the weak Atlantic division affords them the chance to fight back into a playoff spot, especially with the likes of the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings struggling to string wins together.
This may be a trade that transpires more towards the trade deadline, as both the Oilers and Sens know where they are at in respect to the playoff race.