Friedman and McKenzie on Ceci trade possibilities

Pending unrestricted free agents aren’t the only players that the Senators may be shipping out the door before Monday’s trade deadline.

Cody Ceci is on a one-year, $4.3 million contract and he can become a restricted free agent this summer - with arbitration rights - and the defenseman has been included in trade rumors in recent months.

Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon TV hit on NHL Network.

“Yes, I do see Cody Ceci as a guy who could be potentially moved,” indicated Friedman. “Right-hand shot defensemen are always looked for out there. I don’t know if it’ll be specifically him, but Tampa Bay is a team that’s been looking for a right-hand shot D, and he’s the kind of guy.

“The thing that really makes sense with a guy like a Ceci in Tampa is he doesn’t have a contract for next year. So Tampa is going to have some big salary cap issues, so he’s the kind of guy they could acquire and then move if they decided they want to do that.”

Bob McKenzie was also asked to delve into this subject during his Monday afternoon radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200.

The gist of the question put to the Insider here basically involved whether Pierre Dorion might simply run out of time on the potential Ceci trade front, given everything going on with Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, and Ryan Dzingel.

“I’ve got to think that Pierre and Peter MacTavish and Jimmy Clark - I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one and that they can multitask, and if they get offers on Cody Ceci that they think are appealing or something that they would consider doing, that there’s enough time between now and Monday to do all of these things,” said McKenzie. “But there’s no question all we’ve been focused on from the media point of view is Duchene, Stone, and Dzingel.

“I don’t know whether there’s been as much action on Ceci or whether it’s been as big a priority as these other things. But even if the Sens are not making it a priority in terms of initiating talks on Ceci, there obviously are teams out there that are interested in him. They’re going to call, and they’re going to talk. So I would think that there’s no reason why you can’t run multi tracks here, and talk trades on all of these guys.

“I think that just goes with the territory of being a general manager in the National Hockey League, and that Dorion and his staff would have no problem multitasking in that situation.”

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