Given the success the Senators have continued to have accumulating points in the standings, it’d be unfair to describe the team’s blue line being held together by glue, a wish and a prayer, but without Jared Cowen, Erik Karlsson and more recently, Marc Methot, the current collection of talent on the backend probably has casual fans around the league scratching their heads and wondering who exactly many of these guys are.
Andre Benoit, Patrick Wiercioch and Eric Gryba aren't exactly household names.
Keeping that in mind, coupled with the possibility that Sergei Gonchar could depart as an unrestricted free agent this summer, it’s certainly not surprising to see the Senators linked in trade talks to defencemen playing for non-playoff teams.
The Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak reports that the Senators have inquired on the Flames’ Jay Bouwmeester writing:
"The buzz surrounding Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester has the Red Wings, Flyers, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators ...