The Ottawa Senators are officially in a holding pattern.
With the expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT, all rosters are frozen until 1 pm. EDT Thursday but that doesn’t mean Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion and the club’s hockey operations staff aren’t busy working the phones to try to make changes with the virtual NHL draft set for Friday and Saturday.
While the Senators are waiting to see if Seattle takes one of the forwards Evgenii Dadonov or Chris Tierney or defenceman Josh Brown during the expansion process, Dorion, assistant GM Peter MacTavish, chief scout Trent Mann and senior VP Pierre McGuire are huddled at the Canadian Tire Centre with the rest of the staff preparing for what could be a busy 10 days.
The Senators have made no secret they’d like to add a top two centre and a top four defencemen to help the club make the playoffs next season and those moves will likely come through trade and not free agency. The club has six picks in this draft — including two in the second round — which could be used to bring back an asset if Dorion wants to make a move.