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Frank Seravalli

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter

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Exactly one year ago, the Ottawa Senators shipped alternate captain Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson to the Los Angeles Kings.

In the year since, Thompson has already been traded back east to Montréal. Phaneuf is still the second-highest paid defenceman on the Sens’ payroll.

And Canada’s capital city remains the nexus of Trade Bait.

The Senators have five players featured on the latest TSN Trade Bait board: Matt Duchene (2), Mark Stone (5), Ryan Dzingel (19), Cody Ceci (24) and Mikkel Boedker (46). It’d probably be more if there was a market for Bobby Ryan or Craig Anderson.

All of the attention, and rightly so, has so far been on the stars at the top of the list in Duchene and Stone.

These are critical hours for their tenures in Ottawa. GM Pierre Dorion is believed to be making a last push to ink them to contract extensions before ultimately fielding trade offers with the Feb. 25 deadline looming.

All of that attention on Stone and Duchene has more or less left Dzingel on the backburner.

Dzingel is represented by the same agency (Newport Sports) as Stone, so his representatives have been in constant communication with the Senators. But he hasn’t received nearly as much fanfare.

Like Stone and Duchene, Dzingel is having a career year. Dzingel, 26, has already matched last year’s career-high of 41 points, and he’s only three goals away from setting a new high-water mark at 24 tallies.

Skating on Duchene’s left wing, the seventh-round pick from 2011 has carved out a nice career for himself and he’s ready to cash in a sizeable raise from his current $1.8 million cap hit at the perfect time.

Dorion and the Senators initially had little interest in trading Dzingel. But with the lack of progress in negotiations and the fact that his trade value is near its zenith, the expectation is that trade talks for Dzingel will heat up significantly over the next 12 days.

That’s why Dzingel was the biggest mover on TSN Hockey’s latest Trade Bait board, which always seeks to blend a player’s prominence with his likelihood of a trade:

 

The Top 50

 
Trend Player Pos Age GP G PTS Cap Hit Years
  1. Artemi Panarin, CBJ LW 27 53 22 64 $6M UFA
  2. Matt Duchene, OTT C 28 47 25 53 $6M UFA
  3. Wayne Simmonds, PHI RW 30 57 16 25 $3.98M UFA
  4. Jets' 1st-Round Pick              
  5. Mark Stone, OTT RW 26 56 26 57 $7.35M UFA
Embedded Image 6. Kevin Hayes, NYR C 26 47 13 38 $5.18M UFA
  7. Mats Zuccarello, NYR RW 31 42 9 34 $4.5M UFA
  8. Gustav Nyquist, DET RW 29 57 14 47 $4.75M UFA
Embedded Image 9. Dougie Hamilton, CAR RD 25 57 10 23 $5.75M 2
  10. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ G 30 39 2.9 .903 $7.43M UFA
  11. Jimmy Howard, DET G 34 38 2.76 .914 $5.3M UFA
  12. Charlie Coyle, MIN C 26 57 10 28 $3.2M 1
  13. Micheal Ferland, CAR LW 26 48 15 31 $1.75M UFA
  14. Cam Talbot, EDM G 31 31 3.36 .893 $4.17M UFA
  15. Brett Pesce, CAR RD 23 48 5 15 $4.03M 5
  16. Marcus Johansson, NJD LW 28 44 10 22 $4.58M UFA
  17. Adam Henrique, ANA C 29 56 10 28 $5.83M 5
  18. Jack Roslovic, WPG RW/C 22 56 7 16 $894K 1
Embedded Image 19. Ryan Dzingel, OTT LW 26 54 21 41 $1.8M UFA
  20. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA LW 25 55 13 52 $5.9M 4
Embedded Image 21. Eeli Tolvanen, NSH RW 19 4 1 2 $894K 2
  22. Artem Anisimov, CHI C 30 53 8 24 $4.55M 2
  23. Derick Brassard, FLA C 31 46 10 18 $5M UFA
  24. Cody Ceci, OTT RD 24 52 5 19 $4.3M RFA
  25. Jakob Silfverberg, ANA RW 28 47 12 20 $3.75M UFA
  26. Luke Glendening, DET C 29 57 9 20 $1.8M 2
  27. Alex Chiasson, EDM RW 28 46 17 27 $650K UFA
  29. Andre Burakovsky, WSH LW 23 51 7 16 $3M RFA
Embedded Image 29. Brayden Schenn, STL C 27 51 10 35 $5.13M 1
  30. Justin Faulk, CAR RD 26 57 5 20 $4.83M 1
  31. Adam McQuaid, NYR RD 32 32 2 5 $2.75M UFA
  32. Jeff Carter, LAK C 33 51 10 25 $5.27M 3
  33. Chris Kreider, NYR LW 27 56 24 42 $4.63M 1
  34. Colton Parayko, STL RD 25 55 9 18 $5.5M 3
  35. Alex Steen, STL LW 34 41 6 10 $5.75M 2
  36. Alec Martinez, LAK RD 31 42 3 13 $4M 2
  37. Jay Bouwmeester, STL LD 35 51 2 12 $5.4M UFA
  38. Carl Hagelin, LAK LW 30 35 2 8 $4M UFA
  39. Patrick Maroon, STL LW 30 47 4 15 $1.75M UFA
  40. Alex Edler, VAN LD 32 38 5 20 $5M UFA
  41. Ben Lovejoy, NJD RD 34 47 1 6 $2.67M UFA
  42. Chris Tanev, VAN RD 29 52 2 12 $4.45M 1
  43. Vlad Namestnikov, NYR LW 25 52 4 16 $4M 1
  44. Nikolay Goldobin, VAN LW 23 50 6 25 $863K RFA
  45. Nathan Beaulieu, BUF LD 26 27 3 7 $2.4M RFA
  46. Mikkel Boedker, OTT LW 29 51 6 28 $4M 1
  47. Tobias Rieder, EDM LW 26 41 0 9 $2M RFA
Embedded Image 48. Andreas Johnsson, TOR LW 24 50 14 30 $788K RFA
  49. Kasperi Kapanen, TOR RW 22 56 18 34 $863K RFA
  50. Jeff Skinner, BUF LW 26 56 34 51 $5.73M UFA
 

 

TRADED:

No. 5: Maple Leafs’ first-round pick - Toronto to Los Angeles on Jan. 28
No. 8: Derick Brassard - Pittsburgh to Florida on Feb. 1
No. 11: Brian Boyle - New Jersey to Nashville on Feb. 6
No. 13: Chris Wideman - Ottawa to Edmonton on Nov. 22
No. 14: Tanner Pearson - Los Angeles to Pittsburgh on Nov. 14
No. 17: Jake Muzzin - Los Angeles to Toronto on Jan. 28
No. 27: Alex Petrovic - Florida to Edmonton on Dec. 29
No. 27: Nino Niederreiter - Minnesota to Carolina on Jan. 17
No. 28: Nick Bjugstad - Florida to Pittsburgh on Feb. 1
No. 28: Brandon Manning - Chicago to Edmonton on Dec. 29
No. 35: Michael Del Zotto - Vancouver to Anaheim on Jan. 16
No. 35: Jamie Oleksiak - Pittsburgh to Dallas on Jan. 29
No. 36: Luke Schenn - Anaheim to Vancouver on Jan. 16  
No. 48: Dale Weise - Philadelphia to Montreal on Feb. 9