The NHL trade deadline is near and there are confirmed reports that the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche had trade discussions earlier this week. According to latest NHL trade rumors, the Senators are targeting Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog.
Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion confirmed the talks in a recent interview. But, he suggested that Colorado might be asking too much for an unnamed player. Dorion did not specify on which players the teams talked about in the trade discussions.
NHL Trade Rumors: Senators GM admits trade talks with Avalanche
“I’ve talked to [Avalanche GM Joe Sakic], as I’ve talked a lot of my other counterparts, and maybe some names aren’t out there. It’s the right thing to do to kick tires to find out what’s available and what’s not available from their team,” Dorion stated in a recent press conference.
“I don’t think the reports are always accurate and sometimes it’s better to hear from the horse’s mouth. Joe and I talked and, at this point in time, I can’t see us going in that direction. It wouldn’t make sense. We want to do something to try to improve the team and making deals is very difficult to do.”
Dorion also suggested that they are giving importance to their future. So, they won’t make any trade decisions which will affect that. Dorion also stated that they have to be realistic and knows any trade is difficult to do.
“We’re second after Florida [Panthers] as far as making deals but I can’t see us mortgaging everything in the future and some stuff in the present to get one or two or whatever players are out there. I think we have to be realistic that we want to improve but to give up three, four or five assets would be something that would be very difficult to do,” Dorion added.
NHL Trade Rumors: Gabriel Landeskog as Ottawa target
Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog was not mentioned by Dorion. But, he is the player on the trading block, according to other NHL trade rumors. Landeskog is having a nice year with Colorado with 11 goals and 11 assists in 43 games so far this season.
“The belief is, the Avs want Ottawa defenceman Cody Ceci, a first-round pick in 2017, along with one of the club’s two blue-chip prospects — Saint John blueliner Thomas Chabot or Boston College centre Colin White — plus a couple of other parts in return for [Matt] Duchene or Landeskog,” Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported recently.
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