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.
There is more news to report from Ottawa:
- While there are plenty of veterans available, at least one of Ottawa’s prospects can be had, according to a report. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports in his latest 31 Thoughts column that winger Max Veronneau is available. The 24-year-old Veronneau signed with the Sens in college free agency last season out of Princeton and held his own with four points in 12 games. However, he has been quieter in the minors this season, with just five goals and five assists in 33 contests. It appears teams that had interest in him a year ago could still be interested now. Veronneau hasn’t played in a month but could return to action with Belleville as soon as tonight.
- Winger Bobby Ryan is likely a couple of weeks away from returning, notes TSN’s Brett Wallace (Twitter link). He left the team in November to enter into the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program but resumed skating on Feb. 5. With that timeline, Ryan will be returning after the roster size limit will have been lifted. Prior to stepping away, he had played a sparing role, suiting up in 16 games and recording a goal and three assists. If Ottawa moves some players out as expected, there could be an opportunity for more playing time down the stretch.