December 5, 2017 | 2:06pm ET



Erik Karlsson, captain


The Ottawa Senators have struggled over the last three weeks, having picked up just one win in their last nine games and sit five points behind the Montreal Canadiens for third in the Atlantic Division.

The team hasn’t seen the benefits of having Matt Duchene in the lineup, just yet, as he continues to adjust to Ottawa’s system, but GM Pierre Dorion’s patience with his club is starting to wear thin.

In fact, according to the Ottawa Sun, Dorion is starting to consider what his next roster move will be – either a trade or a call-up or two from the AHL.

The Sun reports the Senators are disappointed with the play in their own zone and suggests the team could look to strengthen its defensive corps.

Young blueliner Cody Ceci has generated a lot of interest from numerous teams, but as the Sun notes, the Senators have not been interested in moving what the paper describes as their “most tangible asset.”

The Senators have some salary cap space to play with, but any significant trade will have to result in a current roster player going the other way in any move.