With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, one team has decided to sit a player who is likely to be dealt.
Ottawa Senators' head coach Guy Boucher announced today that forward Curtis Lazar will be held out of the lineup for tonight's matchup against the Florida Panthers.
He added that the 22-year old is being held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons, and that he is dealing with a minor upper-body injury. He continued by stating that the injury something small that they don't want to make worse. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
The young forward's name has been the subject of trade rumors, and Sens' GM Pierre Dorion has been given permission to make a deal in order to help get the team to the playoffs.
According to the Ottawa Sun, Dorion revealed the team is working hard to add a scoring forward at the trade deadline. He said that he was actively working on the phone today to get a deal done for one of these players.
Armed with owner Eugene Melnyk's blessing to add a player, Dorion is looing into Dallas' forwards Patrick Sharp and Jiri Hudler along with Detroits' Thomas Vanek, the Jets' Drew Stafford along with Arizona Coyotes' centre Martin Hanzal and Devils' forward P.A. Parenteau.
The club only has four picks in this Junes draft and do not want to give up top prospects Thomas Chabot and Colin White. However, they might be willing to part with Lazar and/or Cody Ceci.
Given the fact that it would be harder to deal Lazar is he should aggravate his injury further, logic dictates that he is likely to be heading out of town shortly.