Senators' Chychrun Doesn't Think He's Going Anywhere: "It's Ridiculous!"

Jakob Chychrun has been here before. Not that long ago actually. After hearing all sorts of trade rumors while he was with the Arizona Coyotes at this time last year, it's now happening all over again with the Ottawa Senators. And he doesn't like it one bit. Nor does he think there's anything to the rumors. 

I think it’s ridiculous, if I’m being honest. I went through it in Arizona and that was a different situation. But to see it now is a bit ridiculous. And I don’t think it’s based off anything.

As reported by Ian Mendes in The Athletic, Chychrun doesn't think there's any substance to all the trade rumors. 

“It’s people shooting blind darts at a board and hoping they hit,” Chychrun said. “People have a right to say what they want, but to act like they have their sources is a joke. And people like to get their clicks on social media. If they have to use my name to do it, go ahead. But I’m not going to let it affect me.”

The top-four defenseman has been playing 22 ½ minutes a game for the Sens, and has 27 points in 43 games. He has one more season left on his $4.6 million AAV contract before he can become a free agent in 2025. But he fights back at the suggestion that he doesn't like it in Ottawa. Couldn't be farther from the truth, he says.

“I feel at home here. I bought a house and it’s five minutes from my sister and 10 minutes from my grandpa,” said the 25-year-old. “It’s been a cool opportunity. It’s special coming home and this is a second home to me. I’ve just been cherishing my time here because not everybody gets that opportunity to play in front of family and loved ones... I’m loving every moment here.”

But with the Sens having a very trying season, and changes in the offing, it's only natural that several names on the roster will be heard in trade rumors. And he definitely gets that. 

“It’s a crazy business and anything can happen.”

And so the rumors will continue. 'Ridiculous' or not. 

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