There is no “for sale” sign outside Canadian Tire Centre. But that doesn’t mean changes won’t be made in the new year. The Ottawa Senators will close out 2017 with home games against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night and Boston Bruins on Saturday night. After that, general manager Pierre Dorion can draw up his list of new year’s resolutions to improve his National Hockey League hockey club. While the word in NHL circles is that Dorion isn’t ready to sell off all of the club’s assets, he’s willing to discuss nearly every player on his roster except captain Erik Karlsson and winger Mark Stone with the Senators 14 points out of the final wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 47 games left to play. League sources indicated Wednesday the most popular Senators players if Dorion wanted to trade remained the likes of winger Mike Hoffman, centres Derick Brassard and Jean-Gabriel Pageau and defenceman Cody Ceci. Of course, nothing can happen until Dorion pulls the trigger. League executives also believe several teams have spoken to Dorion about Hoffman, who has a salary-cap hit of $5.1 million through 2019-20. It’s believed the St. Louis Blues are among the frontrunners, with GM Doug Armstrong willing to part with the necessary assets in exchange for Hoffman. The Senators don’t want to do a total rebuild, but, if they’re going to make changes, they want to get younger and Hoffman could net the pieces the organization wants. He is a proven goal scorer.
Senators GM open to trades for any player except Karlsson, Stone
Ottawa Sun | Dec 29