The Senators are among the teams that have at least suggested a potentially willingness to move their first-rounder to add a win-now player. With the seventh-overall selection, it would appear on the surface that they could get a quality veteran for that pick but some league executives told Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch that Ottawa will likely need to add to that selection to get the type of player they’re seeking. GM Pierre Dorion has stated that they’re willing to move some prospects as well and those executives suggest one of those would have to be added to provide enough value to convince a team to part with a key veteran. Garrioch suggests Minnesota winger Kevin Fiala and Vegas center William Karlsson as cap casualties that could be on the move this summer that might be of interest to Ottawa. Fiala is a pending restricted free agent while Karlsson has five years left on his contract with a $5.9MM AAV.
More from the Atlantic:
- While many of Buffalo’s pending unrestricted free agents are likely to move on, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News suggests that forward Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Mark Pysyk are candidates to stick around with the Sabres next season. Hinostroza was a decent depth scorer in 2021-22, notching 13 goals and 12 assists in 62 games and if he’s willing to sign for around the $1.05MM he made this season, it would certainly make sense to keep him around. As for Pysyk, he shifted back to the back end after spending some time up front with Dallas and logged nearly 18 minutes a night in 68 contests. He made $900K this season and should come in with a similar price tag so if Buffalo wants some low-cost depth that’s familiar with their system, re-signing him would be a worthwhile move as well.
- Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told reporters, including ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, that center Brayden Point will officially be a game-time decision. He took the gameday skate and will later decide whether or not to take part in pregame warmups with a call on whether or not to play to come after that. Point has missed the last nine games with a lower-body injury sustained in the final game of the opening round against Toronto.