Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion is believed to be vigorously pursuing a trade that will lead to the acquisition of a top-six forward by Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline.
According to the Ottawa Sun, Dorion "worked the phones again Saturday in an attempt to see if he can stir up a deal for a forward."
The Senators are believed to be have inquired about several players, all of whom are expected to be moved in the coming days.
Dallas Stars forwards Patrick Sharp and Jiri Hudler, Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek, New Jersey Devils forward P.A. Parenteau, Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal and Winnipeg Jets left wing Drew Stafford have all been linked to the Senators lately.
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has given Dorion and his staff the green light to add a piece to the roster, providing the price tag is deemed acceptable to them -- basically, the Senators have cap space to play with and Melynk is willing to pay the financial cost.
Ottawa has had continued conversations with the Colorado Avalanche about center Matt Duchene, though the Sens refused to part with top prospect Thomas Chabot, though a recent report out of Denver suggested Ottawa may be willing to move young center Colin White.
Trade talks will pick up significant steam over the next few days leading up to the trade deadline.