With the eleventh hour nearing, the favorites to land Mark Stone via trade may be shifting.
Bob McKenzie had a Sunday evening pregame radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200, with the Insider probed for latest information on where things stand between Stone and the Senators.
“That’s a good question,” began McKenzie. “We believe that Pierre Dorion continues to talk to teams about the possibility of a trade. Who are those teams and how eager are they - depends who you talk to.
“For the longest time, we kind of said Winnipeg and Nashville are the two most obvious ones. Now we’re kind of hearing - not that they’re out of it by any stretch, and quite the opposite - but that maybe they’re not in it as hard as some of the other teams. Now we hear more about the Vegas Golden Knights potentially being there. We’ve mentioned Calgary on multiple occasions.
“So it depends who you talk to, depends what time of the day it is. There’s the prevailing theory that maybe, just maybe, Pierre Dorion and/or Eugene Melnyk would circle back before any trade is consummated, just for one final kick at the cat to see if there’s any way to sign Mark Stone. I’m not holding my breath on that necessarily, but it can’t be ruled out either, so you need to at least mention it when you talk about it.
“So we’ll see where things go from here.”
Stone is on a one-year, $7.35 million contract, and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly