It remains to be seen what the Ottawa Senators plan to do at the trade deadline. There are rumors that will frame the Senators as “buyers” at this year’s deadline. There are many reasons why they should “sell” the main one being their place in the standings.
Senators are recovering at the right time Josh Norris returned to the lineup on January 18. Barring an incredible win streak, it looks like the Senators are going to miss the playoffs again. With that in mind, who are the biggest trade deadline assets the franchise possesses? Three of those could be on the trade board of other teams from March 1.
The only situation in which the organization should consider trading superstar winger Alex DeBrincat is if he makes it clear that he does not want to be part of the franchise this season. While there’s a chance he’s not interested in re-signing, he’s the team’s biggest potential trade asset in 2022-23.
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after Trading for him in the 2022 NHL Draft, it’s unlikely the Senators will turn around and trade him before completing a full season with the club. That said, teams will come calling on the 24-year-old if the Senators continue to slide in the standings. Obviously, the best-case scenario is that DeBrincat wants to stay with the organization long-term, but in the midst of a losing season, it may be difficult to convince him otherwise.
After a slow start to the year, DeBrincat currently sits at 39 points through 44 games. He scored 15 goals and is a big reason the team’s power play is the best in the entire NHL. He fits into the current core’s contention window, as he is still young and under team control. However, this does not make him invincible from the move.
While that remains unlikely, DeBrincat is still the teams biggest asset at the 2022-23 trade deadline.
You’re always looking for a contending goaltender in case a starter is injured, and Cam Talbot could be a valuable backup. Anton Forsberg Has been the best goal scorer for the Senators this season, and is under contract for two more seasons after this one. Forsberg posted 4.7 goals saved above expectations, Talbot is currently at -0.7 GSAx.
Prices will be low, and teams will want to bring in experienced goaltenders to back up their elite starters in the playoffs. Although Talbot has struggled of late, teams can see value in his experience. Even if the Senators don’t trade come the deadline, they should entertain offers for the 35-year-old goaltender, who is in the final year of his contract.
Much like making moves for backup goaltenders, bottom-six winger additions are a popular deadline day for contending teams. Tyler Mott He was traded to the New York Rangers at last year’s trade deadline, and he may experience a similar fate this time around.
Motte is currently operational Injured reserve after suffering a broken finger, but he should recover in time to trade at the deadline. Mott has produced just nine points in 32 games this season, but his forechecking and penalty-killing abilities could be valuable to a playoff contender.
After being traded to the Rangers last season, Natural Stat Tricks Tracking shows that Motte posted above 55 percent in corsi percentage, expected goal percentage and high-danger potential percentage. For a fourth-string winger who is 27 years old and has a year left on his contract, those are very impressive numbers that teams are looking to add to.
All of this hinges on a much larger question, which is whether or not the Senators will sell at the trade deadline. All three of these players could be had for the right price, and Pierre Dorion should be willing to listen in the right circumstances. The Senators are currently 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 20-21-3 record, which should label them as sellers in 2022-23.
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Connor Hrabchak is 20 years old and currently covers the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators for Hockey Writers. She is working to complete her communications and media degree. He was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He’s been watching hockey since the Jets returned to Winnipeg in 2011, and it’s inspired him to write about the sport and try to turn it into a full-time career.