January 2, 2018 | 11:58am ET
ROSTER MOVES EXPECTED IN OTTAWA
Mike Hoffman, right wing
Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion has been fairly active on the trade front lately, taking and making calls about some of his current roster players.
According to the Ottawa Sun, there is “significant interest” in forwards Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith and centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Several teams have called about them, with the St. Louis Blues reportedly interested in Hoffman, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
The Sun also claims the Senators will not trade centre Derick Brassard, despite some teams showing interest in him.
Given how the Senators’ roster looks on paper, the team isn’t set for a rebuild. Rather, the club will begin to retool for next season, as the playoffs, at this point, seem too far out of reach.
One player whom the Sens could sell off is their veteran defenceman Johnny Oduya, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
A number of teams are looking for depth on the blueline and Oduya, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015, will help stabilize a contender’s defensive corps.
Dorion is taking in the World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo this week and will use the tournament to assess some of the NHL’s up-and-coming talent. Whether any of those players weigh in on his potential trades remains to be seen.