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Friedman speculates on potential of Senators trades

Chris Nichols

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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Ottawa Senators had several key pieces in play leading into the trade deadline, and the coming weeks could potentially see more shake out on that front.

“It’s been that way in Ottawa for awhile now,” noted Elliotte Friedman during a radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, where the NHL Insider was asked about the Vegas Golden Knights potentially revisiting Erik Karlsson trade talks, as well as other pieces of the Senators’ roster which could be generating a lot of calls from rival general managers . “They were a busy team. They had a lot going on.

“The one thing about Vegas is Vegas is still trying to build up their prospect pool, right. They had a lot of picks last year, and they have a lot of picks next year. But this year because of the Tomas Tatar deal they only have one pick I think in the first three rounds – a second-rounder. I think that they are leery of that.

“I think if Ottawa makes that deal with them, they’ll want to go pretty young. I had heard that one of the reasons it didn’t happen happen at the deadline – and it was close – was Cody Glass, who was their sixth overall pick last year. I could see Vegas saying, ‘We don’t want to do that’ because if they do do a Karlsson deal, it’s probably going to be something along the lines of Glass, a high pick, and maybe like a Colin Miller or something like that. That’s the kind of thing I’m guessing that it’s structured around.

“I could see Vegas saying, ‘Even though we went to the Stanley Cup Final last year…’ I don’t know if they believe that, while they’re building a prospect base, is the kind of thing they want to do.

“I could see them going after John Carlson in free agency now. They’re going to have like $50 million in cap room and they’ve got to decide what they want to do with it.

“The other one too is Hoffman. I do think there’s something going on there. Ottawa has two first-rounders this year and then they don’t have another pick until the fourth round, so I can see them trying to add that in. I think Hoffman could be a guy they would consider moving.

“The other thing is that they’ve got to sign Stone. And that’s going to be a big number. That guy is a heck of a player and they have to sort that out too.”  

Karlsson has one year remaining on his contract, which carries a $6.5 million cap hit and a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix 10 locales.

Hoffman’s cap hit is a little under $5.2 million for another two campaigns, and the winger has a modified no-trade clause through which he can also say no to 10 teams.

NHL Insiders. 17-year digital media hockey career includes a combined decade online with Sportsnet and ESPN.

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