Thursday's ugly loss apparently led the Ottawa Senators to confirm what many assumed.
The Senators are making winger Mark Stone and center Ryan Dzingel available for trade following their 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Friday morning.
Stone and Dzingel both will become unrestricted free agents this offseason, and with the Sens in the NHL's basement (a league-low 49 points through 60 games), they're naturally looking to get value for their top assets prior to Monday's NHL trade deadline.
The Boston Bruins could be among the teams calling Ottawa. While they just added forward Charlie Coyle in a trade with the Minnesota Wild, they were rumored to be "all-in" on Stone if the Senators don't extend him long-term, which appears to be the case.
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The 26-year-old alternate captain, who leads Ottawa with 62 points (28 goals, 34 assists), wouldn't come cheap. But if Boston is serious about a playoff push, he could fit in nicely alongside David Krejci on the B's second line.
Dzingel likely would command a slightly lower price tag but still is having a productive season, with 22 goals and 22 assists through 57 games. The 26-year-old could be a solid third-line center on a playoff contender like Boston.
The Bruins are riding a seven-game winning streak, so they may decide to roll with this unit into the home stretch and avoid parting with another young player after moving Ryan Donato. But there certainly are other options on the table if Don Sweeney is looking to make another deal.
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