Silver Nuggets: Which Senators forward is the most likely to be traded?

Kaspars Daugavins and Zack Smith talk in a dark room whether one of them could be traded. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sadly, Dave is busy today so my reign of nuggeting terror will return for one day. Here is my question for the day. The Ottawa Senators have a lot of players. Currently they have 12 forwards on one-way deals plus Jakob Silfverberg being almost a lock to make the Ottawa team. In addition, Mika Zibanejad and Mark Stone are also contending to make the team. A similar situation played out on defence last year with the Senators having six defencemen on one-way deals plus David Rundblad and Jared Cowen. Matt Carkner was injured, but once he neared a return, the Senators traded Rundblad.

Should Zibanejad (or Stone for that matter) have an excellent camp, the Senators might have to make room for him. Paul MacLean seemed reluctant to let him leave Ottawa last season, and I feel he's probably going to stick around in the NHL this season under MacLean's guidance.

Should that happen, the Senators could initially carry two extra forwards as injuries do happen. However at some point they might have to make a decision. The easiest players to toss away would be Kaspars Daugavins or Jim O'Brien. Both players have one way deals with Daugavins at 1-year $635,000 and O'Brien having two years at $637,500 per season. All teams have players like that in spades though, so Ottawa might have to deal a player with a bit more upside. Peter Regin and Zack Smith could be candidates as well and they would generate a bit more interest. Trades happen every year and it is hard to predict who will be on the way out, but go ahead and make a prediction anyway.

Before I get to the links, let's please take a moment to remember Pluto, who was taken away from us as a planet exactly six years ago today. Live long and prosper, Pluto.

General Sens News

  • Cody Ceci an entry-level contract with the Senators. (Ottawa Senators)
  • Chris Neil, along with former Senator Mike Fisher and Kevin Bieksa will raise money to combat hunger in West Africa. The Canadian government will match all donations until 30 September. (CBC)
  • Senators ticket sales are about the same as they were last year. Last year was coming off a horrible season, and this season there is a lockout threat, so maybe they are equally bad? (CTV Ottawa)
  • Sergei Gonchar, along with Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Bryzgalov were skating with CSKA Moscow's junior team. (Dmitry Chesnokov)
General Hockey News
  • I can't believe someone is offering $30 million over 4-years to an almost 36-year old that hasn't had more than 60 points for the last three seasons despite being relatively injury free. But hey, I bet Shane Doan gives good speeches in the locker room. Doan says he will decide before 15 September. (Yahoo!)
  • NHL owners, who are multi-millionaires and billionaires, shockingly mostly donate to Republican politicians in the upcoming US Federal Elections. (New York Times)
  • Gary Bettman feels that the owners are paying the players more than they should be. (Yahoo!)
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