The Ottawa Senators elected to sit Mark Stone together with non-secretary agents Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel for losing Thursday against New Jersey Devils and appears to be growing more likely Three players are being moved before the trade closing date on Monday.
However, Bob McKenzie, Internal Hockey Insider, reports that the Senators believe they have a high price price on Stone, seeking as much as four pieces back into the brain trade.
"If Ottawa Senators trade Mark Stone, it is believed that they would look for four elements to the trade. There could be as many as two first options and two very good prospects," said McKenzie on Insider Trading Thursday.
McKenzie noted that the Senators had not completely shut the door on Stone re-signing with the team, but they were taking the step to protect against a day injury Thursday. He could sit again on Friday when the Senators hold the Blue Columbus Jackets.
"Well, here's what we can say: Ottawa Senators set up the closing date and closing date was that if these men did not sign before the game then they would not going to play and obviously they did not play, "said McKenzie. "That does not mean an absolute assurance of 100 percent that the three are now being traded, although this is the logical conclusion. Now there has never been a cataclysmic announcement by Matt Duchene saying that I & # 39; n sign up to Ottawa and there is never any form of press release issued by the Senators saying we are trading Matt Duchene and yet they have been proactive trying to trade and soon rather than later for some time now.
"We would expect the same thing to be presented for Stone and Dzingel, but at the moment, the players and the club have not closed the door 100% but just pull your collection he would probably certainly have led that address, but let's give him a few other hours if you see it unfairly. "
Stone, 26, leads the Senators with 28 goals and 62 points in 59 games this season. I'm listed in No. 1 on board TSN Trade Bait, one place ahead of Duchene.