NHL Rumors: It Could Be a Busy Offseason for the Ottawa Senators

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators took an action in the best instructions this year. One of their offseason concerns is to discover a best winger for Tim Stuetzle through trade or complimentary company. The Sens have actually currently done a great deal of foundation on this.

They will require to sign pending RFA forward Josh Norris to an extension.

Pending UFAs that won’t be revived consist of Chris Tierney, Tyler Ennis and Scott Sabourin. RFA defenseman Victor Mete has actually currently requested for a trade and most likely won’t be certified if he’s stagnated.

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto got some interest at the trade due date and might be moved this offseason.

The Senators were thought to be near trading forward Colin White at the due date and he might be moved this offseason. The Montreal Canadiens might have been the group thinking about White. They might purchase out his agreement for one-third of his $13.375 million that is staying. It would conserve them $10.5 million.

There are likewise concerns surrounding Nikita Zaitsev, who has actually 2 years left at $4.5 million per.

It’s uncertain the Senators would purchase out goaltender Matt Murray and it would be close to difficult to trade him.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion has actually currently consulted with a few of their management personnel to begin planning their offseason.

The Senators have the 7th finest chances, 6.5%, to win the draft lotto. They can’t fall any lower than 9th.

The Sens want to discover a top-six right winger for Tim Stuetzle this offseason and potentially another defenseman.

They will have an interest in Florida Panthers pending UFA Claude Giroux if he wins a Stanley Cup and wishes to get back.

Kevin Fiala of the Minnesota Wild has actually been connected to the Senators. The Wild will search for a method to suit an extension for the RFA rather than trading him however they might be unable to.

The Senators have 5 draft choices in the very first 3 rounds and might package one with a high-end possibility for some instant assistance.

“When we started this rebuild we knew what needed to be done and we’ve probably followed the plan pretty much to the letter,” Dorion stated Sunday. “At some point in time, the plan was probably to bring more character guys than top-end players through trades or free agents.”

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