There's no doubt that this season's version of the Ottawa Senators has had its share of struggles. Injury, laziness and odd coaching decisions, combined with an overall lack of cohesiveness, have all taken their toll on the Sens chances of making it to the post season. We're virtually at the half-way point of the season and the playoffs sit painfully far in the distance. Add to this that sportsclubstats.com states that we now have a 0.66% chance of making it to the post season and I think its safe to say there is a strong possibility that the Ottawa Senators will be sellers come deadline day. The question then becomes, however, who do the Sens ship out of town? All of the usual names continue to pop up (Kovalev, Kuba, etc) but who should really go if Bryan Murray has the chance to move them? I'll list some players who may or could be moved below, along with some deals involving similar players from the last three years.
Jarkko Ruutu - A solid third line pest who would add grit to any playoff team. Has a relatively cap-friendly salary.
Similar deal: (2009) Dan Carcillo for Upshall and a 2nd round pick. Note: Carcillo is much younger than Ruutu.
Chris Kelly - Another third liner who has some of the best hockey smarts in the game, but a distinct lack of finish.
Similar deal: (2009) Samuel Pahlsson, Logan Stephenson and a 2009 cond. draft pick for Wisniewski and Kontiola. Note: possible source of a couple young players?
Alex Kovalev - A cap hit that would make any team think twice, but an undeniable ability to finish come playoff time.
Similar deal: (2009) Justin Williams for Patrick O'Sullivan and a 2nd round pick. Note: William's cap hit is $3.5 mil
Jason Spezza - Moving him would leave us without a #1 centre, and his huge contract could make him difficult to move besides.
Similar deal: (2008) Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist for Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern, Mike Smith and a 4th round pick.
Brian Lee - Enough said
Similar Deal: Does it matter?
I've included for the most part deals for picks, since, lets face it, it's time for at least a partial rebuild. There are other players who could be moved, as well as some prospects, but I'm tired of typing so I'll leave the rest up to you. Who else could be moved? what could we get in return? Am I way out in left field as far as my "similar deals"? Lets hear your ideas!