February 22, 2019 | 10:33am ET
WRITING ON THE WALL IN OTTAWA
Mark Stone, right wing
The Ottawa Senators tried to get Matt Duchene and Mark Stone locked up to contract extensions, and hoped Ryan Dzingel would follow suit, but it’s become clear a deal for any one of these pending unrestricted free agents won’t be happening with Ottawa.
The writing had been on the wall for some time as it relates to Duchene and Dzingel – TFP has learned that while the two sides discussed figures, a formal offer has still not been presented to Dzingel – but the Senators were hoping they’d be able to convince Stone to stick around.
Whether it was term or bonus/salary structure that ultimately broke contract talks down, it doesn’t really matter. Stone is available and the Senators have done their due diligence for some time.
The notion the Senators waited until three days before Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline to get into serious trade negotiations with teams is inaccurate, as TFP has reported multiple times Senators GM Pierre Dorion had been engaged in talks with other teams for several weeks.
Now faced with reality, Dorion will up the trade efforts, but he already has a pretty good idea of what type of package he can get his hands on, according to multiple league sources.
The Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames are among the teams that have expressed serious interest in at least one of Stone, Duchene and Dzingel. There is some chatter around the League a few teams are trying to acquire Dzingel in a package that includes one of Stone or Duchene.
Some teams are hoping to get Duchene signed to an extension, like the Predators and Islanders, while it’s unclear if Stone or Dzingel would entertain the thought – TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported earlier this week that Duchene is open that possibility.
Other teams that are believed to have interest in Duchene, if he were to sign an extension, include the Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens, while the Vegas Golden Knights have serious interest in an extended Stone.
Trade talks will pick up significant over the next 48-72 hours, but they are not exclusive to Stone, Duchene and Dzingel.
Senators forwards Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Magnus Paajarvi and Mikkel Boedker, defenceman Cody Ceci, and goalie Anders Nilsson are all available, as well.