December 10, 2017 | 10:59am ET
SENATORS LOOKING TO SHAKE-UP ROSTER?
Erik Karlsson, captain
The Ottawa Senators cannot seem to find a way to turn their season around and make a charge up the standings, having won just once in their last 12 games.
Losers of four straight games, the Senators now sit second-last in the Eastern Conference with a 9-12-7 record and are six points ahead of the last-place Buffalo Sabres.
Senators GM Pierre Dorion acquired centre Matt Duchene in early-November with the belief his addition would put him team over the edge and help the club position itself for a run at the Stanley Cup. The 26-year-old, however, has registered just four points in 14 games since joining the Senators after tallying 10 points in 14 games with the Colorado Avalanche.
More changes could now be looming in Ottawa, as the club is doing its due diligence and may shake-up part of its roster.
During Saturday night’s “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, Elliotte Friedman reported the Senators have asked their 10 players with a no-trade or no-movement clause to submit a list of teams they’d each accept a trade to.
All Ottawa’s 10 players with no-trade protection have a 10-team no-trade list, with the exception of centre Derick Brassard, who has an eight-team no-trade list, and defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who has a 12-team trade list.
Senators captain Erik Karlsson is among the Sens players with a 10-team no-trade list, and while he’s been asked to submit his list, Friedman indicated that doesn’t necessarily mean the team is going to move him.
“That does not mean, 100%, that Erik Karlsson’s getting traded,” Friedman said. “It just opens the option, but I still don’t think it’s likely.”
Karlsson, Brassard, Alexandre Burrows, Mike Hoffman, Clarke MacArthur, Johnny Oduya, Zach Smith and Nate Thompson have no-trade lists, while Phaneuf and Bobby Ryan own limited no-movement clauses.
Friedman’s colleague, Nick Kypreos, believes the Senators should look to trade Karlsson if the team is going to retool and move out some of its key players.
“It doesn’t mane sense to pay a guy $12-$13 million if you can’t afford to surround him with players that can compete,” Kypreos said, adding that owner Eugene Melnyk was not pleased with Karlsson’s public comment last week that he plans on being made what he’s worth, regardless of the team.
It’s unclear which players the Senators have been speaking with other teams about, if any at this point, but this is a clear indication management is extremely disappointed with the club’s performance this season.