There is a big trade rumor floating around involving the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators.
The rumor suggests that the Oilers and general manager Peter Chiarelli are attempting to acquire veteran forward Mike Hoffman from the Senators. While the rumor may in fact be accurate on Friday Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman poured some water on that fire suggesting that the likelihood of the deal being made was not high.
“I don’t think it’s going anywhere,” said Friedman bluntly as per Fanrag's Chris Nichols. “I always worry about these kinds of things because I say that I don’t think it’s going anywhere and then the freeze ends and it happens, and people are like, ‘You’re an idiot.’
The problem according to Friedman is the fact that he does not believe Chiarelli will have what he needs in order to acquire Hoffman from Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. Friedman believes that the Sens would have to give up significant value in terms of picks, likely a first rounder, or would have to offer young NHL-ready players or prospects ready to make the jump.
“But my sense is unless something changes it wasn’t going anywhere. I just don’t think there’s a match. I think one of the problems is that Ottawa is looking for prospects and picks, or young players at the NHL level already, and I don’t know if you have what they want."
It will be interesting to see if anything changes after the National Hockey League's roster freeze comes to an end.