The Senators rink is likely melted from the fire-sale style trading happening in Ottawa. They recently acquired Ian Cole from the Penguins. Pittsburgh would’ve been unlikely to trade him to NY, but Ottawa probably doesn’t share their reservations. I know Garth said no rentals for high-end prospects or picks, but Cole can probably be had for less.
Ian Cole, LD- Age, 29. Height, 6-1. Weight, 219. Shoots- Left.
Ian Cole is a hard-working, hard-hitting defenseman. He plays solid 2nd pair minutes, blocks a lot of shots and plays physical in front of the net. He could provide some much needed “umph” to the Islanders blue line.
Calvin de Haan- a defenseman of similar skill level to Cole, he is three years younger. de Haan also happens to hail from nearby to Ottawa, so he’d likely be willing to re-sign, probably at a reasonable rate too after his injury.
Condition- if de Haan doesn’t re-sign Ottawa gets a 2018 4th round pick.
Michael Dal Colle- He’s also an Ontario native, highly drafted, cheap, controlled contract, hardworking, coachable…just not as good as Garth had hoped when drafting him 5th overall.
The Sens could go for it since… Cole is a UFA after this season, and he clearly won’t be playing postseason hockey in Ottawa this year. If they can get something for him, and we can get something for de Haan or Dal Colle, it’s a win-win.
The conditional pick should help convince them to roll the dice in the de Haan version, in case they’re worried he won’t re-sign..
Leddy-Boychuk, Cole-Pulock, Pelech-Hickey (Mayfield, Aho)
Mayfield should find his way back into the lineup over Hickey once he gets healthy, or when Boychuk inevitably gets injured again.