The Ottawa Senators have countless pending free agents that all could be dealt ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.
According to Elliotte Friedman, the Senators will make a decision on the availability of Mark Stone, Ryan Dzingel, and Matt Duchene within the next week. All three will be restricted free agents this summer, thus putting the Sens in a tumultuous position on whether to re-sign their stars or deal them at the deadline and start anew.
The Ottawa Senators will be ready to make decisions on their impending free agents this week. https://t.co/aFRcDQqqym— Pro Hockey Rumors (@prohockeyrumors) February 10, 2019
Duchene, Stone and Dzingel are among the top free agents going into the 2019 offseason.
Friedman reports that the Senators will let teams know of their availability on Feb. 15. Duchene is making $6 million in the final year of his deal, making him an affordable piece for a contender looking to boast their center corps. Dzingel is being paid $1.8 million a year, making him another affordable piece for a contender. The Senators locked Mark Stone up this past offseason with a one-year extension, paying him $7 million.
All three would demand a favorable return for the Senators if they choose to make them available.
The everyday questions pitched to Mark Stone and Matt Duchene about whether they’ll re-sign long-term extensions with the Ottawa Senators are routinely fouled off, unanswered, over and over again. https://t.co/Dr7R7JKJoX pic.twitter.com/mWwjtusH42— Ottawa Citizen (@OttawaCitizen) February 9, 2019
The rebuilding Sens are no strangers to extension troubles after the Erik Karlsson fiasco this past summer.
Expect GM Pierre Dorion to announce an extension or fuel trade rumors as early as next week.