With Ottawa’s focus right now being on trying to lock up center Matt Duchene and winger Mark Stone to long-term contract extensions, many have expected the team to deal away winger Ryan Dzingel. However, in an appearance on TSN 1200 (audio link), TSN’s Darren Dreger indicated that there’s as good of a chance that the Senators try to extend him over trading him.
The 26-year-old is having a career year and has already reached the 20-goal mark in just 48 games. While that’s going to have him in line for a significant raise on his current $1.8MM cap hit, he’s also not going to come close to what Stone and Duchene ultimately get. The Senators will need to keep some notable players around through their rebuild no matter what and given the success he’s had over the last couple of seasons, it would certainly be understandable that they’d try to make a run at re-signing him over the next few weeks depending on how things play out with their other pending free agents.
More from the Atlantic:
- Although the Bruins just placed goaltender Tuukka Rask on injured reserve on Monday, he may not be there for much longer. Head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters, including NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty, that there’s a chance that Rask will be activated in time for their game on Thursday. Rask’s placement was backdated to January 19th, meaning that he has already technically spent the requisite seven days on IR which means he can be activated at any time.
- While their placement near the bottom of the league would suggest that Red Wings should be sellers, GM Ken Holland told Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News that he’d like to see the team in a position to make a run for the playoffs next season. Accordingly, their preference at this time appears to be signing their pending unrestricted free agents (headlined by goalie Jimmy Howard and winger Gustav Nyquist) over trading them at this time. Kulfan notes that a short-term extension for Howard remains likely while the supply of prominent wingers may make it difficult for Detroit to get top value for Nyquist which could push them towards trying to work out an extension.