Injuries in Ottawa Force a Trade?

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun discusses the injury to Daniel Alfredsson as well as the need to replace his production in the lineup.  After sustaining a hit from Craig Adams on Wednesday, the Senators captain expects to miss a few weeks with a bum shoulder.  The 37-year-old joins pivot Jason Spezza and wing Nick Foligno in the press box as they continue to recover from their own ailments while Chris Neil, Shean Donovan and Pascal Leclaire all returned to the lineup a mere three days ago.

Although center Josh Hennessy initially gets a call up, the rookie definitely is not and will not be the solution.  If this team is to stay within the playoff picture they must make a move quickly and patch the gaping hole in their top six.

Garrioch may be onto something for once with his article.  The controversial reporter discusses the merits of trading for Christopher Higgins or Alexander Frolov, both impending free agents after the season.

Both aforementioned players make a significant salary which by consensus diminishes their trade value.  Higgins carries a 2.25 million cap hit, a lofty price for a winger with 10 points through 36 games.  On the other hand, the Kings hold a 2.9 million cap hit for their Russian winger but show little motivation to move him if they want to go deep into the playoffs.  Frolov certainly warrants stronger trade value as he projects to put up 55 points on the season or 32 points in his remaining 46 games.

Still if Lomabardi feels he cannot resign his 27-year-old winger, shipping him out may be the smart bet.  At this point every Russian player in the League is a flight risk.  Similar to Nikolai Zherdev this past offseason, Frolov could price himself out of the country and sign with a team in his motherland.

What would Frolov demand as purely a playoff rental?  The offer would need to knock GM Dean Lombardi’s socks off in order to force his hand, but anything is possible. With Higgins at a such a low trade value, the Rangers could choose not to move him instead moving the often scratched Ales Kotalik.

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