The clock is ticking on Mark Stone and the Ottawa Senators.
It’s less than a week to the NHL trade deadline Monday at 3 p.m. EST and the Senators are hopeful they’ll find out in the next 48 hours whether the alternate captain wants to be part of the solution or moved to a Stanley Cup contender.
Once, the Senators have their answer, the next steps will be taken.
While the indications are centre Matt Duchene is ready to move on to try to win a title, the Senators tabled a new offer to Stone, the club’s top player, last week and general manager Pierre Dorion is waiting for word from his representatives at Newport Sports for an answer.
The offer is believed to be serious and comprehensive. That’s why Stone’s camp asked for time to think about it.
If Stone decides to stay, he’ll likely be the club’s next captain and will be the centrepiece in this rebuild. The Senators hope they can have the right pieces in place to be competitive by the 2021-22 campaign and if their best player decides he wants to be here that’s only going to help matters.