The Ottawa Senators are said to be very active on the trade market lately, and it all started when rumors surfaced that negotiations between management and star forward Kyle Turris won't heading anywhere. With Turris' name landing on the block, fans wondered what else GM Pierre Dorion had in store.
Elliotte Friedman mentioned to host David Amber on Sportnset that there could now be a possibility of a trade between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Sens, who would move goaltender Andrew Hammond.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be the Hamburglar there, but I do think that he’s a name that you’re going to here start to come out of it if teams are looking for goalies,” said Friedman, as reported by Fanrag Sports. “Andrew Hammond was hurt last year. I saw him play an NHL game against Toronto and it was clear he was nowhere near himself. Well, he got surgery, he’s back and he’s played four games for American Hockey League team in Belleville. From what I understand, he’s looked pretty good.
“I do think that if Hammond continues to play well, you’re going to hear his name come up as a possibility in the goalie market.”
The Knights and the Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly looking out for another goalie. Vegas has placed three netminders on injured reserve since the start of the season and the Pens can't seem to find the right man to be a stellar backup to Matt Murray. The Detroit Red Wings might be looking to move goaltender Petr Mrazek, hence could ask the Sens for Hammond eventually.
“If Vegas loses anybody else, no doubt they’re going to be there.”
In the three games he has played in Belleville this season, Hammond registered a 2.69 goal-against average and a .929 save percentage.
The 29-year-old just entered the final season of the three-year, $4.05 million contract he signed in May of 2015. The deal includes a cap hit of $1.35 million, but does not prevent Hammond from getting traded.