Senators Still Hoping To Be Buyers At The Trade Deadline

The Ottawa Senators are still hopeful that they can turn this season into a success by pushing for the playoffs and becoming buyers at the trade deadline. There is about six weeks to make a decision and the team has a record of 20-21-3. They are also eight points back of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wildcard spot and there is a very slim chance they can catch the Tampa Bay Lightning or Toronto Maple Leafs in their division.

The Senators would have to pass six teams to get into a spot in the playoffs and get to at least six to eight games above .500 during the next month and a half. General manager Pierre Dorian told TVA Sports that the next six weeks will determine whether the club is a buyer at the trade deadline, saying, "If we go on a streak and win several games by the trade deadline, I don't see us as sellers, or on the status quo: we could be buyers."

The Senators have desperately needed defensive help which hasn't come this season. They just got Josh Norris back from the serious injury he suffered at the start of the season, so the forward group is set. So are the goalies. What the Senators would be going after if they choose to be buyers at the deadline is an impactful defender. But if they choose to sell, names like Cam Talbot, Tyler Motte, Auston Watson, and Travis Hamonic are all possible candidates.

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