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NHL Trade Buzz: Senators finalizing plans for three forwards this week

Duchene, Stone, Dzingel can become unrestricted free agents July 1; Hurricanes deciding to be buyers or sellers before Deadline

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are 15 days remaining until the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. ET and the buzz is picking up. What's the latest with the Ottawa Senators and potential unrestricted free agents Matt Duchene, Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel? Will the surging Carolina Hurricanes be buyers or sellers?

Here's a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:


Ottawa Senators

The Senators are reportedly telling teams they will know 10 days before the deadline whether forwards Matt Duchene, Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel will be made be available or remain in Ottawa, according to Sportsnet.

That means Ottawa will decide the futures of Duchene, Stone and Dzingel, who can be unrestricted free agents July 1, by Friday. 

Duchene, who has 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) in 46 games, and the Senators have had contract negotiations and Sportsnet reported the two sides will talk again Monday.

Stone leads the Senators with 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 55 games. Dzingel has 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) in 53 games.

The Senators (21-29-5) are last in the NHL with 47 points. They have won two straight heading into their next game against the Hurricanes at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-CR, NHL.TV).

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Carolina Hurricanes

The next two weeks will determine whether the Hurricanes will be buyers or sellers before the deadline.

The way the Hurricanes are playing, that decision is trending toward buying. Carolina (28-21-6) is 13-4-1 since Dec. 31 and one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference entering its game at the New Jersey Devils on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-CR, NHL.TV). 

The Hurricanes could seek scoring depth up front. They are tied for 16th in the NHL with 2.91 goals per game despite averaging 35.5 shots per game, most in the League. Carolina is tied for 26th on the power play at 16.0 percent.

"We're talking to a lot of teams," general manager Don Waddell told staff writer Tom Gulitti. "We still maintain we have a plethora of defensemen. I feel like with the right player or right package, [moving a defenseman] is something we'd certainly entertain. … It's got to make sense. It's got to help us on the ice today."

Carolina's group of defensemen includes lefthanded shots Calvin de Haan and Jaccob Slavin and righthanded shots Justin Faulk, Dougie Hamilton, Brett Pesce and Trevor van Riemsdyk at the NHL level and prospects Jake Bean, Haydn Fleury, Adam Fox and Luke Martin.

The Hurricanes have already made one trade ahead of the deadline, acquiring forward Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild for center Victor Rask on Jan. 17. Carolina is 6-2-1 with Niederreiter, who has seven points (six goals, one assist) in those nine games.

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