Ottawa Senators Trade Deadline Primer

The Ottawa Senators, struggling at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and facing trade deadline decisions, may operate as both sellers and light buyers, aiming to build around a young core despite a disappointing season and considering trades involving key players like Vladimir Tarasenko and Jakob Chychrun, while seeking cap space and veteran leadership.

The All-Star break’s in our rearview now. And yep, the trade deadline’s breathing down our necks, just two weeks out. So, where’s each team at? What moves should they be eyeing? Let’s dive into the Ottawa Senators’ situation.

This season? Not what the Sens had in mind. They were tipped to be playoff contenders. Instead, they’ve been stuck at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, even after shaking up their coaching and GM spots. But, they’ve still got a young core that’s got potential. So, GM Steve Staios might not just be looking to sell off assets in his first trade deadline rodeo.

Their record? 24-27-3, sitting eighth in the Atlantic. As for their deadline status, they’re teetering between being sellers and light buyers. They’ve got $109.9K in cap space for deadline day. They’ve used up 1/3 of their retention slots and 47 out of 50 contract slots, according to CapFriendly.

Looking ahead, they’ve got a mix of draft picks for 2024 and 2025. Notably, they’ll snag the lower of Boston and Detroit’s first-round picks from the Alex DeBrincat trade. But, they’ve got to give up their own first-rounder in one of the next three years because of a mishap with Evgenii Dadonov’s no-trade list.

Now, about trade chips. Vladimir Tarasenko’s been in the rumor mill since signing a one-year, $5M contract. With 37 points in 52 games, he’s hot property. But, his no-move clause means he’s got a say in his destination. Plus, his off-ice influence might make the Sens think twice about trading him. If they do, expect them to eat up to 50% of his salary to sweeten the deal.

Dominik Kubalik’s another name to watch. He’s not had the best season after coming over in the DeBrincat trade. With just nine goals and 12 points, his $2.5M tag feels steep. Yet, he might just be a diamond in the rough for a team willing to bet on a bounce-back.

Jakob Chychrun’s also been buzzing in trade talks. Ottawa’s not actively shopping him, but with another year at a reasonable $4.6M and solid performance, interest is high. If a deal for Calgary’s Noah Hanifin falls through for someone, Chychrun could be Plan B. But, the asking price? It’ll be steep.

Erik Brannstrom is another player to keep an eye on. He’s got potential but hasn’t quite hit his stride in Ottawa. With his contract up soon and a $2M qualifying offer on the table, he could be a buy-low target for teams thinking he might fit better elsewhere.

As for team needs, cap space is a big one. They need room to maneuver, whether it’s adding a piece or calling someone up. And they’re on the hunt for veteran leadership. They’ve got their eyes on someone like Chris Tanev for the back end, but that might be more of an offseason move. Still, don’t be surprised if they snag a veteran forward sooner rather than later.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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