Insider: Trade Rumors Surrounding 2 Senators Forwards To "Ease" After Shane Pinto Suspension

The suspension of Shane Pinto has brought about a noticeable shift in the trade rumors surrounding Ottawa Senators forwards Mathieu Joseph and Dominik Kubalik, according to The Athletic's Ian Mendes.

With Pinto sidelined until at least January 21, the fervor surrounding potential trades involving Joseph and Kubalik appears to be subsiding, providing General Manager Pierre Dorion with an extended window to explore cost-cutting trade options.

Furthermore, Pinto's suspension has introduced an element of uncertainty into the contract negotiations between the Senators and the player's camp.

It remains unclear whether Pinto will seek a long-term contract with added security or opt for a one-year deal at a reduced rate, possibly revisiting negotiations next summer.

The prevailing assumption is that the one-year qualifying offer of $874,125 may not be readily accepted.

Despite the suspension and the trade discussions that had been circulating, the Senators have reiterated their commitment to welcoming Pinto back to the team.

However, the possibility of Pinto being considered as a trade asset once his suspension concludes is not entirely ruled out, although it could potentially impact his trade market value.

As the situation continues to evolve, time will reveal the ultimate course of action for Pinto, Joseph, Kubalik, and the Senators.

The 28-year-old Kubalik had the best season of his four-year career last season, scoring 20 goals and 45 total points across 81 games played with the Detroit Red Wings. Photo Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports