Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun reports Nugent-Hopkins would fit well on a line with Tim Stuetzle. Senators coach D.J. Smith was quoted as saying, “we almost need a veteran-type first-line centre and those aren’t easy to come by.” Nugent-Hopkins would be a perfect fit for the Senators.
The Edmonton Oilers are under pressure to make changes following their quick playoff exit. The Oilers may decide NOT to re-sign Nugent-Hopkins and use the cash savings to rebuild the club’s defence and/or goaltending.
With the salary cap being flat, Nugent-Hopkins likely will not get the contract he wants and the Senators could offer The Nuge a $5-to-$5.5-million range salary per season on a long-term contract.