The Ottawa Senators are reportedly talking to some of their pending unrestricted free agents about the possibility of signing extensions before the Feb. 24 trade deadline. It appears that veteran defenseman Mark Borowiecki will soon be sitting down for talks.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports in the latest "Insider Trading" (video link) that discussions with the 30-year-old Borowiecki are expected to occur in the near future.
Borowiecki has spent his entire NHL career with the Sens, spanning parts of nine seasons. He’s in the midst of a career year, with 18 points in 53 games while averaging 17:56 minutes per night, nearly three minutes more than his career average.
That should have him in line for a raise on his current $1.2M salary, and while the veteran has indicated his preference to stay in Ottawa, he may have to take a little less than he could get on the open market. Unfortunately for Borowiecki and the team, he is expected to be out for a little while following an injury sustained Thursday night, notes Sportsnet’s Kyle Bukauskas (Twitter link). That could also impact his odds of being dealt.
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