SENATORS SNAPSHOTS: Austin Watson could also be an choice for a playoff contender at commerce deadline


Austin Watson

is prepared for any situation.

The Ottawa Senators rugged winger returned Monday evening towards the Calgary Flames after being scratched for 3 straight video games, however Watson is aware of his days right here could also be numbered.

With the NHL commerce deadline set for March third at 3 p.m. EST, the 31-year-old Watson understands as a unrestricted free agent subsequent summer time he’s a tenuous place and could possibly be dealt.

Although Senators normal supervisor

Pierre Dorion

hoped so as to add popping out of the 10-day break, the membership went into Monday evening’s motion 10 factors again of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the ultimate wild-card spot within the East.

Which means barring a miracle run or huge change of coronary heart, the Senators will probably be sellers on the deadline and the membership will deal with shifting its unrestricted free brokers.

Which means Dorion will probably be checking the marketplace for the likes of

Tyler Motte, Nick Holden, Travis Hamonic,

Watson and goalie

Cam Talbot.

The 31-year-old Watson could possibly be attention-grabbing to observe as a result of he has playoff expertise from a run to the Stanley Cup remaining with the Nashville Predators in 2017.

Watson is listening to the noise. A number of groups have expressed curiosity as a result of he has a cap hit of simply $1.5 million and he’s the kind of participant that may assist a staff searching for depth.

“While you become old, and also you understand the place you’re at, you’re on an expiring deal and issues like that, it’s human nature and being real looking and there’s every kind of issues shifting round you outdoors of you,” Watson stated earlier than dealing with the Flames. “All you are able to do as a participant is proceed to work and keep prepared.

“The sport is a enterprise, however there’s a giant separation between what goes on roster-wise and entrance office-wise and what’s occurring in (the room). While you play, as a participant, you play for the group of 20 guys which might be right here with you. They know what they’re going to get from me and I do know what I’m going to present again to them. I’m excited to get again on the market.”


D.J. Smith

introduced Watson in to switch ahead

Dylan Gambrell

towards the Flames.

“He brings physicality and he’ll carry some power to our group,” Smith stated. “It is a large, heavy staff and he does his position very well.”

Watson stated he didn’t need to be a distraction whereas sitting.

“My recreation doesn’t change a lot and been round lengthy sufficient to know this stuff occur and that you just come out and in generally,” Watson stated. “With the deadline approaching, you hear the noise and also you see what’s occurring. The longer you do it you understand the sport is a enterprise and there’s that facet of it as properly.”



Anton Forsberg,

who suffered torn MCL’s in each of his legs in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Oilers, had an MRI Sunday and gained’t require surgical procedure.

Nevertheless, Forsberg gained’t be again this season due to the restoration time for strengthening the muscle mass by way of rehabilitation.

“That is rehab, but it surely’s lengthy, and it’s not a six month (restoration) but it surely’s in all probability two-or-three months,” Smith stated.

Forsberg was injured with 5 minutes left within the third Saturday after Hamonic inadvertently pushed Edmonton winger



on prime of Forsberg throughout a scramble in entrance. It’s uncommon for any participant to endure two MCL accidents on the similar time.

The membership positioned rookie defenceman

Jake Sanderson

and Forsberg on the injured-reserve record Monday.

Sanderson is out two weeks with a undisclosed higher physique damage he suffered towards the Oilers and was changed by

Nikita Zaitsev

towards the Flames.


Dorion is looking for a goaltender and he has been aggressive working the telephones within the final 24 hours to see what the choices are within the web.

The membership began Belleville goalie

Mads Sogaard

towards Calgary with

Kevin Mandolese

because the backup, however the Senators wish to discover a veteran it might probably herald to complete the yr or somebody with some time period that could possibly be the reply subsequent yr.

The Senators are hoping to get Talbot again from what’s believed to be a groin damage within the subsequent seven-to-10 days. If that’s the case, which will additionally imply the 35-year-old is stored in Ottawa after the commerce deadline to complete the yr.

The Vancouver Canucks positioned goaltender

Spencer Martin

on waivers Monday and it’s potential the Senators might make a declare. The 27-year-old has an 11-15-1 file this season with a 3.99 goals-against common and an .871 save-percentage. The difficulty is he has a deal for subsequent season.

The choices are restricted  for Dorion if he desires to make a commerce, and that could possibly be the largest hurdle.

The Senators doubtless don’t need to tackle any time period until they actually really feel they’re getting a goalie that may assist them subsequent season.

One choice is Detroit goaltender

Alex Nedeljkovic,

who’s making $1.875 million and is at present with the membership’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint.

The Arizona Coyotes wish to transfer goaltender

Karel Vejmelka,

who has two years left at $2.73 million per-season whereas the Columbus Blue Jackets have been attempting to deal

Joonas Korpisalo

. He’s a UFA, is making $1.3 million deal and will probably be searching for an extension.

Veteran San Jose Sharks goaltender

James Reimer

is a UFA with a cap hit of $2.25 million this season and could also be an choice.

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