Over the weekend, we have seen a number of rumours popping up that connect the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers. One team has strong defensive prospects, the other is stacked up front so naturally there is the assumption they would make ideal trading partners.
And while that may be the case, the rumours connecting the two teams seem to be almost entirely based on speculation.
One thing we do know? The Edmonton Oilers like Erik Karlsson. They asked about him at the draft so the idea that they may be asking about him again seems to make some sense.
Thing is the Senators like him too.
Outside of Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and possibly Eberle, there really isn’t much that Ottawa would consider in a deal for Karlsson. Rundblad is another name that seems to be popping up but again, the Oilers would have to be willing to part with one of the big three for Ottawa to listen.
If Ottawa is going to move one of their defensive prospects, it seems as though Patrick Wiercioch would be the leading candidate. He has been passed over on the depth chart and is someone the Sens would consider moving. If the Oilers want one of the big three in Karlsson, Rundblad or Cowen, they would have to be willing to move one of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle before the Sens would even listen.
But like I said, these rumours are largely based on speculation due to the areas of strength for each of these organizations.
- The Ottawa Senators took the ice just after 11:00 AM this morning ahead of tomorrow night’s match up with the Philadelphia Flyers. Gonchar and Butler both missed practice. Craig Anderson was also away for personal reasons but is expected to return tomorrow.
- Recently demoted Nikita Filatov continued his strong start with the Binghamton Senators. He scored his third goal in three games last night and racked up four points over the weekend. It’s going to be really difficult for the Sens to keep him down there much longer if he continues that pace.