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DeBrincat’s future with the Senators is uncertain
The 2022 amateur draft was packed with important trades. First, almost all Montreal Canadiens fans fell off their chairs when Gary Bettman announced that the Tricolore had acquired Kirby Dach. In return, the CH had to part with Alexander Romanov, a 3rd-round pick and a 4th-round pick.

Then came another major trade, as the Blackhawks decided to “pull the plug ” on Alex DeBrincat by sending him to the Ottawa Senators. The Hawks received the #7 overall pick, a 2nd-round pick and a 3rd-round pick in 2024 for the services of the talented little forward.

DeBrincat’s days in Ottawa are now numbered, as the Sens have decided to examine their options.

There’s no guarantee that Kitty Cat will leave the Canadian capital, but Pierre Dorion wants to find out about the possible return of his little player.

There are three possible options in DeBrincat’s case.

The first would be to re-sign with the Sens, who will become a restricted free agent on July 1.

The second option would be for a team to make a qualifying offer on #12, which could handcuff Sens management.

To see the list of compensation for each salary bracket, simply click here.

If a team decides to offer DeBrincat a contract, he could sign for $8,580,250 or less to give away his first-round pick, his second-round pick and another third-round pick, all in 2024.

This would be a real joke, considering that an aspiring club would only have to give away their late picks. Should a team like the Philadelphia Flyers offer this contract, the chances that this first-round pick could be part of the lottery are obviously higher.

Finally, the Senators’ other, and most likely, option would be to trade his negotiating rights at the draft (June 27 and 28).

DeBrincat mentioned that he wants to wait to find out who the club’s new owners will be before making his decision, which should be announced in the next few weeks.

There are no favorite teams to obtain his services, but I’m thinking of a trade that could be monstrous.

The price tag isn’t exact, but a team like the Edmonton Oilers could give away a first-round pick in 2024 (since this year’s pick now belongs to the Nashville Predators). To this pick, Edmonton could add a top prospect like Dylan Holloway, as well as an established young player like Kailer Yamamoto.

Other ” assets” could be added on both sides for transaction details, but there’s certainly plenty to go around.

Imagine a trio of Connor McDavid, Evander Kane and Alex DeBrincat. That would separate the two-headed monster and put Leon Draisaitl alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman on a “second trio”.

That would be more than dangerous.

Another club looking to add talent to their attack is the Carolina Hurricanes. General manager Don Waddell recently mentioned that he wants more punch up front, and DeBrincat would fit right in with the Canes.

In short, all this will be something to keep an eye on, as the chances of the Sens extending DeBrincat’s contract are pretty slim.

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