Senators Rumors: Ottawa Making Trade Offers

The Ottawa Senators are expecting to be a playoff team this season and are willing to make some upgrades to get themselves into contention. Sens management has been rumored to be making some trade calls looking to add an NHL proven defenseman.

One of the biggest reasons for the need is the struggles of Nikita Zaitsev, who was recently sent back down to the AHL. The 31-year-old is signed through next season at $4.5 million and holds a 10-team no trade clause. Zaitsev has appeared in 7 NHL games, recording only one assist. The trade chatter has been so rough with Zaitsev, the team actually gave his agent permission to also start making calls looking for a deal. So far, no luck. 

The Senators are expected to be major players for Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun next week when the d-man returns to the lineup. The team has also been linked to the Winnipeg Jets who have a couple of defensemen available.

Expect to see the Senators make a move soon. They have a slew of draft picks and prospects which they appear to be willing to move on from. With a 6-9-1 record to start the season, management is confident the team can turn things around and look for general manager Pierre Dorion to give the team a boost in the coming weeks.

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