The Senators have received plenty of trade interest over the last few years in defenseman Cody Ceci, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman told Sportsnet 960 in Calgary (audio link). One of those suitors appears to be Colorado who has inquired about Ceci’s availability in a possible Matt Duchene deal but it doesn’t appear that GM Pierre Dorion has any inclination to move him, at least for the time being. Ceci’s entering the final year of his bridge contract with a $2.8MM cap hit and a $3.35MM salary which will also represent his required qualifying offer next June. While his offensive numbers dipped in 2016-17, his ice time shot up considerably by nearly four minutes to over 23 per night and if that carries over into this season, he’ll be in line for a significant raise regardless of whether or not his production rebounds.
Elsewhere around the Atlantic:
- Defenseman Trevor Daley’s preference this offseason was to remain with Pittsburgh, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. However, while the interest was mutual, the two sides weren’t able to come close to terms financially and Daley wound up signing a three-year, $9.5MM deal with the Red Wings back on July 1st despite coming off of a season that saw him record his lowest point total since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
- Finnish center Miro Aaltonen also drew interest from Vegas but ultimately chose to sign with the Maple Leafs in part due to their looming second contracts for their top forwards, notes Jonas Siegel of The Athletic (subscription required). With the likes of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander all heading for big paydays over the next couple of years, Toronto will need some cheaper talent to fill out their roster so it appears that Aaltonen is prepared to play the waiting game if need be over taking what may very well have been an easier path to the NHL with the Golden Knights.