According to a report from the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion aims to be a busy man between now and the December 19th trade freeze.
According to Garrioch:
[Dorion] isn’t prepared to speak to the media just yet but he’s been doing a lot of talking on the phone and, with the Christmas roster freeze set for Dec. 19, there is a time crunch if he wants to shake things up now.
Like everybody else in the city, the belief is Dorion is frustrated with the way several players on the roster are performing and league sources indicated Sunday he’s held talks with several teams to see what’s available.
So, who might those players be? Garrioch mentions three players in particular saying, “ League executives say the three best options that will bring return are Hoffman, centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau and defenceman Cody Ceci.”
All three could fetch a decent return on the open market, so it’s no wonder Dorion is checking out all his options. While it’s no guarantee of a deal, at the very least it shows that Ottawa management is not content to simply see things through they way they’re going. This is a team that was expected to contend for the Stanley Cup and now they’re looking at a mid-season rebuild. Yikes. Things could get ugly in Canada’s Capital.