The Ottawa Senators will visit the Bell Center on Wednesday (game presented at 7 p.m. on RDS), but it will be without the presence of their forward Shane Pinto.
The second-round pick is seeking a new deal with the organization that selected him in 2019, but our collaborator for The Athletic, Pierre LeBrun, emphasizes that it will take a little juggling on the part of general manager Pierre Dorion to arrive at a contract.
According to the hockey informant who was passing through Hockey 360Pinto would ask for an annual salary of $2.5 million, but the Senators have a little more than $120,000 available before reaching the cap set at $83.5 million.
Obviously, the Senators will therefore need a movement in the team’s personnel in order to be able to add a possible contract for the 22-year-old athlete. According to Pierre LeBrun, the name of attacker Mathieu Joseph is circulating in exchange rumors.
Joseph commands an annual salary of $2.95 million until the end of the 2025-2026 season. Aged 26, the Quebecer played 56 games during the last campaign with the Senators, amassing 18 points, including 15 assists.
For his part, Pinto collected 20 goals and 15 assists in 82 games last season.
Another issue to watch for with the Senators this season will be that of head coach DJ Smith as reported by Pierre LeBrun, as he is reaching the final year of his contract. Team owner Michael Andlauer indicated that for the moment he does not intend to make any major decisions when it comes to hockey personnel, while the transaction of the sale of the team has just been completed. be officially approved.
LeBrun adds that across the NHL, the situations of Rod Brind’Amour (Carolina Hurricanes), Lindy Ruff (New Jersey Devils) and Todd McLellan (Los Angeles Kings) will also be worth following as each only has one last year on his respective contract.
Our collaborator for The Athletic ended his segment by also recalling that Gerard Gallant was ready to return behind an NHL bench as head coach if the opportunity presented itself. The 60-year-old saw his association with the New York Rangers end after the team was eliminated in the first round of the recent playoffs.
Gallant was in his second campaign with the New York team.
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