With Columbus in sell mode, Brassard could be good fit in Ottawa

Columbus GM Scott Howson is the most active working the phones. The only Jacket not being shopped is LW Rick Nash. Pretty much everybody else is available … and the objective is to get rid of money.

The Senators could have at least mild interest in 24-year-old Gatineau native Derick Brassard. He’s minus-11 with two goals and two assists in 15 games and was a healthy scratch Saturday night. Brassard might turn out to be a good fit on the Senators’ second line.

The concern is cost: He has a $3.2 million cap hit through 2013-14. The Isles are also believed to be interested. Isles GM Garth Snow could satisfy Howson’s need for a goalie with Evgeni Nabokov.

The other option, and it might be a longshot, is Phoenix C Kyle Turris. The restricted free agent has to sign a contract before Dec. 1 or he’ll have to sit out the season.

While Don Maloney has insisted he won’t deal Turris, there’s always the chance he at least listens to offers as the deadline approaches.

The Flames are trying to move C Matt Stajan, who has three years left with a cap hit of $3.5 million.

The Senators have a surplus of defencemen and several teams are looking for help in that area. There hasn’t much interest so far in either Filip Kuba, an unrestricted free agent on July 1, or Brian Lee.


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