Senators Trade Rumors: Ottawa To Move One Big-Name Defenseman This Summer?

Amidst a turbulent 2023-24 season marred by underperformance, the Ottawa Senators find themselves contemplating significant roster adjustments heading into the offseason, particularly in their defensive corps.

Speculation swirls around the potential departure of either Thomas Chabot or Jakob Chychrun, two cornerstone defensemen whose contributions fell short of expectations.

Despite flashes of offensive brilliance, both players faced criticism for defensive lapses, prompting discussions about their future with the team.

As the Senators embark on an offseason of rebuilding and reevaluation under new management led by general manager Steve Staios, tough decisions loom regarding their defensive identity.

This past season, the 26-year-old Chychrun put up 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 total points over 82 games played, along with a -30 plus/minus rating and 154 blocked shots.

With the possibility of trading Chabot or Chychrun on the table, Ottawa could reshape its roster while addressing other areas of need. However, the decision carries inherent risks, as parting ways with a key defenseman could either rejuvenate the team or further exacerbate its struggles, ultimately shaping the Senators' prospects for the upcoming season.

Over his eight-year career, spent entirely with the Senators, Chabot has recorded 62 goals and 197 assists for 259 total points, a -76 plus/minus rating and 637 blocked shots across 432 games played. Photo Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports