Potential trade brewing between Senators and Flyers.

Potential trade brewing between Senators and Flyers.

NHL reporter believes the Flyers are attempting to work out a deal with the Senators.

Jonathan Larivee

The Ottawa Senators have put themselves in a tough spot financially and it sounds like rival teams in the National Hockey League may be trying to take advantage of that situation.

Last weekend I reported on the rumors that both the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers had come calling with the Senators unable to get restricted free agent forward Shane Pinto signed to a new deal, and now we have more information regarding those talks.

It would appear as though the Flyers are not targeting Pinto himself, but instead are looking to make a trade that would secure them assets moving forward, while also clearing up the unfortunate salary cap predicament the Senators have put themselves in. The latest on that front comes to us courtesy of the Fourth Period's Anthony Di Marco, who on Saturday reports that the trade the Flyers are trying to pull off would be a cap dump, from the Senators perspective, that would send Senators forward Mathieu Joseph to Philadelphia.

Joseph has 3 more years. including this upcoming season, remaining on his current deal at a cap hit of $2.95 million so a cap dump of that magnitude is going to cost the Senators a pretty penny at the best of times, but with the Senators in a bind Di Marco reports that the Flyers are demanding a first round pick or a prospect that would be the equivalent in terms of value.

Unsurprisingly the Senators have not met those lofty demands just yet, but with the season drawing closer and closer the clock is ticking. Whether or not the Flyers' asking price will drop, or if the Senators will bend as the season draws near, remains to be seen.