February 11, 2018 | 9:15pm ET
HOFFMAN, SMITH CONTINUE TO GENERATE INTEREST
Mike Hoffman, forward
It’s clear the Ottawa Senators are going to try to make numerous roster changes by the Feb. 26 trade deadline, but which players get moved is anybody’s guess at this stage.
The Senators are highly unlikely to trade Erik Karlsson, and as the Ottawa Sun notes, without fully understanding his future intentions, any move involving the captain is better suited for the summer if he isn’t confident he wants to sign an extension.
According to the Sun, Karlsson’s decision has an affect on some other members of the team. While teams have called and inquired about blueliner Cody Ceci, he’s unlikely to be dealt until Karlsson’s picture becomes clear.
The paper suggests forwards Mark Stone, Colin White and Matt Duchene, and defenceman Thomas Chabot are also not expected to be dealt, while it would take a significant offer to part with centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
Forwards Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith, Ryan Dzingel and centre Derick Brassard, and blueliners Dion Phaneuf and Johnny Oduya, on the other hand, could all be moved for the right price.
Hoffman and Smith have attracted the most interest, as several teams have made serious inquiries.
The St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres are among the teams reportedly interested in Hoffman, while the Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights are among the teams believed to be eyeing Smith.
Hoffman, Smith and Phaneuf are among the players ranked on TFP’s Top 30 Available Players List.