The Senators made the first significant trade of 2018, shipping defenseman Dion Phaneuf to the Kings in a four-player transaction. That move might not be the last by Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion before the NHL's Feb. 26 trade deadline. Hours before the Phaneuf trade, TSN's Darren Dreger reported the Senators feel they have the top center in the market in Derick Brassard and are building the case for Mike Hoffman as the best winger available. He added the Jets are among the clubs interested in winger Ryan Dzingel . Earlier in the day, Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman wrote the Penguins and Sharks may have inquired about Brassard. Friedman also noted the Flames were scouting the Sens in recent weeks. He wondered if they were watching winger Zack Smith, but was told that wasn't the case. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, meanwhile, reported the Penguins were believed among a group of clubs to contact the Senators. While they may have interest in Brassard or Jean-Gabriel Pageau , Garrioch said they aren't being actively shopped and the Sens could retain both players. The lack of quality centers available in the trade market could bolster the value of Brassard and Pageau, but moving either guy could weaken Ottawa's depth down the middle. That would explain why Dorion has set a high asking price for Brassard. Dreger's colleague Pierre LeBrun reports the Sens GM seeks “a first-round pick, a top prospect and a third piece." As for Hoffman, he's been a fixture in the rumor mill for months. Garrioch claimed the Sharks, Blues, Devils and Bruins are reportedly in the market for help at forward. Perhaps one of them could pursue the 28-year-old winger. Signed through 2019-20 with an annual salary cap hit of $5.187 million and a 10-team no-trade list, Hoffman isn't a rental player. He'd be enticing for clubs seeking long-term scoring depth, but the Sens could ask for at least a good young player and a first-round pick or top prospect in return.
NHL Rumors: Senators set the market with more trades possible
Sporting News | Feb 15