Shane Pinto On The Way Out Of Ottawa?

It's been a rough 12 months for Shane Pinto with the Ottawa Senators. As a restricted free agent at this time last summer, there were no contract offers coming his way from the Sens, and then we learned that he would be suspended by the NHL for 41 games for gambling violations. 

After his return, talk about a potential extension began to circulate, but nothing has materialized as yet, as the two sides have been unable to come close to any agreement. Word is there have been "no fruitful discussions" in some time. 

Now, Pinto may have had enough in Canada's capital, as there are reports that he is asking for a trade.  

The Senators have denied that a formal trade request has been made, but nevertheless, Pinto's camp is reportedly also hoping to receive an offer sheet from another team in free agency, after he was tendered the qualifying offer by the Senators.

As noted by Senators insider Bruce Garrioch, if the offer for Pinto is north of $4.5 million per year, which seems somewhat reasonable, the signing team would have to surrender a first and third-round pick back to Ottawa.

Pinto recorded nine goals and 27 points in 41 games after rejoining the team, with a +9 rating, while playing 18 minutes a night. He had a 20-goal rookie season the year before. 

One recent report has his hometown New York Islanders showing interest in the 23-year-old, with the suggestion that the Isles could potentially offer Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom in a deal for Pinto, the same two players they discussed in another potential deal last summer with the Sens. 

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