I said back in September that this is not a rebuild, it’s a fire sale. A liquidation.

The Ottawa Senators haven’t shown much interest in hanging on to their star talent for as long as I can remember. We’ve seen the likes of Alfredsson, Spezza, Turris, and Karlsson come and go, and with the Sens safely tucked away in last place with no first-round pick, you bet your sweet aunt Petunia that more moves are coming.

Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, and Ryan Dzingel are all free agents at the end of the season. This fact is well-known, but what isn’t is who will still be in the nation’s capital when the dust settles, if anyone.

TSN’s Darren Dreger said “If your focus is on Duchene and it’s on Mark Stone, where it should be, then trade this guy... because there will be a strong market in the weeks ahead for Ryan Dzingel”.

As much as it hurts my skin to say it, I’m inclined to agree.