The 5pm deadline Tuesday for NHL teams to declare a 23-man season-opening roster came and went quietly for the Ottawa Senators. GM Pierre Dorion intimated on TSN1200 earlier in the morning there was a “49 percent chance” his club would acquire a depth forward. However, the GM was unable to accomplish his goal.

It’s not that Dorion hasn’t been burning up the phone lines. The GM mentioned on several occasions he’s done just that. Rumours of attempting to procure Matt Duchene from the Avalanche persist daily. However, according to one NHL Executive, Avs general manager Joe Sakic’s asking price is steep -- a top-four defenceman, a prospect and a high draft pick – a trove Dorion isn not quite ready, or willing, to settle on.

While Dorion continues to make calls, the non-movement is great news for a pair of youngsters. Nineteen-year-old centre Logan Brown and 18-year-old winger Alex Formenton will start the season in Ottawa.

Deemed to have had an average performance by management at Development Camp in June, Brown’s game improved by leaps and bounds this fall. The St. Louis resident spent the summer at home for the first time in three years, and it paid dividends. The 6-foot-6, 220 pounder notched five points in the preseason, impressing coach Guy Boucher and his teammates.