The Ottawa Senators have two key pending UFAs that have been attracting trade interest, but don’t discount the chance that Cody Ceci may soon be re-entering the rumor mill.
Bob McKenzie had a Saturday radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200, and was asked how busy he thought Pierre Dorion might be when it came to some of his contracted players - including Ceci.
“I think in the case of Ceci because he’s on the one-year deal… RFA at the end of this year - I think that the notion of trading Cody Ceci is within the realm of possibility,” allowed McKenzie. “And that it wouldn’t surprise me if the Senators have gotten calls on Ceci, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Ottawa Senators are earnestly listening on those.
“Again, nobody has made any pronouncements, and so nothing is firm by any stretch of the imagination, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Senators were open to the idea of trading Ceci. That doesn’t mean they’re going to give him away. It’s not a fire sale. Contractually, they still own him. They could qualify him, or do another deal, or whatever the case may be - but he’s not unrestricted, he’s not walking out the door. You have some control over the player, but not a ton either. He’s getting on.
“So on that one I think there’ll likely be conversations.”
Ceci was awarded a one-year, $4.3 million contract by an arbitrator in August, a process during which he reportedly asked for $6 million compared with the Senators’ offer of $3.3 million.
There was no mention of it in this particular hit with McKenzie, but the Edmonton Oilers are a team that has been connected to having had serious interest in Ceci in the past.
Ceci can become a restricted free agent this summer, and will be eligible for arbitration.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly