There isn’t another team in the league with the roster flexibility of the Ottawa Senators, who not only have 10 pending unrestricted free agents but just four non-ELC players signed beyond next season (Thomas Chabot, Nikita Zaitsev, Colin White and Bobby Ryan).

Pierre Dorion has kept his cards pretty tight to the vest when it comes to trade deadline plans, including with the players likely to be affected and their representatives, and isn’t believed to have even broached contract discussions with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mark Borowiecki — two homegrown players from the Ottawa area enjoying good seasons on expiring deals.

Pageau would be the Sens biggest trade chip, and arguably the most effective rental forward available on the entire market, if an extension doesn’t materialize.