mens wallet with money clip Lightning may be looking at Ottawa for help on defence
The Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to bulk up before the NHL trade deadline.
And, they may be looking in the direction of the Senators for help.
While there was no shortage of scouts at the Bell Centre Sunday afternoon, one of the most interesting names on the list was Tampa assistant general manager Julien Brisebois with the trade deadline set for Feb. EST.
It believed the Lightning are looking for help on defence and may be among the teams that have more than a passing interest in Ottawa blueliners Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci. The Lightning also had a scout in Philadelphia Saturday to see the Senators and Flyers.
There been plenty of chatter the Lightning would be a good fit for Karlsson but he not going anywhere at this deadline. Acquiring Ceci may be difficult as well because he won be moved unless the Senators are able to get the return they want. But the club is listening on Ceci.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has tried to get the 24 year old Ceci from the Senators before but the Bolts are in a position to win a Stanley Cup this spring. They like to add a right shot defenceman and Ceci would fit the bill.
With 21 days to the deadline, the talk is now going to reach a feverish pitch.
There are several teams looking at forwards and many have called Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion to talk about the possibility of acquiring the likes of either Mike Hoffman,
Zack Smith or Jean Gabriel Pageau.
The belief is the asking price for Hoffman is high. If the Senators are to deal Hoffman, they going to want a first round pick in return, plus a young player that currently in the league, or a very high level prospect that has plenty of upside potential.
Dorion was in Europe last week but spent a lot of time working the phones there as well. There are teams that want to try to set the market well before the deadline and the word is the Pittsburgh Penguins are among them. It believed they shown interest in Hoffman and Pageau.