Up until this past weekend, the Ottawa Senators were pretty quiet on the NHL trade front.
That is until three key players went down for varying periods of time due to injury; they being Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone.
Thus, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion told Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch on Wednesday that team owner Eugene Melnyk has given him the all clear to make a move “to get the team to the playoffs.”
Ottawa, which beat New Jersey 2-1 on Tuesday despite the absence of Stone, Ryan and Hoffman, are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division, two points back of Montreal with two games in hand.
While Stone and Hoffman could both be back for a tilt with the red hot Florida Panthers in Sunrise, FLA on Sunday, Dorion noted that if he is in the market for a player, a forward is on his shopping list. Some teams have inquired about 22-year-old forward Curtis Lazar in advance of the deadline, though Dorion isn’t willing to part with him just yet.
As for what the team could look like after the big swap meet, Dorion says that while he wishes to make a deal, it may not happen at all.
“There is a good chance we go into (the stretch run) after March 1 with the same team we have now, (but) we would like to do something,” he told TSN’s Brent Wallace.