According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Senators general manager Bryan Murray has expressed serious interest in acquiring defenseman Trevor Daley from Blackhawks.
Citing two anonymous league executives, Garrioch claims the Blackhawks are asking for a second round draft pick and either winger Matt Puempel or Shane Prince.
Ottawa has started the season 8-5-5, which isn’t sitting well with the Senators front office.
Puempel, 22, was the 24th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft by Ottawa. He has posted three goals and one assist in 22 career NHL games.
Prince, 23, was the 61st overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft by Ottawa. He has four assists in 13 career NHL games.
Puempel and Prince will both become restricted free agents after this season.
Daley, 32, averaged better than 22 minutes per game last season in Dallas, but has been limited by the Blackhawks coaching staff this season (because he’s been bad). He has a $3.3M cap hit that runs through the 2016-17 season.
Chicago does not own a second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft; the Hawks dealt that pick to Philadelphia for Kimmo Timonen last season.