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Elite defenseman reportedly wants out of Canada, teams exploring trade options

A top-20 defenseman in the league wants to leave his current team as soon as his contract is finished, according to sources.

The Canadian hockey market can be both enticing and unappealing at the same time, depending on who you ask. On one end of the spectrum, you're representing a city in a country where people live and breathe the sport of ice hockey, and on the other end you're living through brutal winter's, increased pressure from the media and paying significantly higher tax rates.

It's no secret that Canadian hockey teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to signing free agent's and keeping great young players long-term.

Now, Its being reported that one defenseman from the Ottawa Senators does not want to stay with his team.

Chychrun reportedly wants out of Ottawa

According to reports, Jakob Chychrun's time in Ottawa is nearing an end, as the defenseman apparently does not want to re-sign with the Senators once his current contract comes to an end.

Sources indicate that Staios has already been in discussions with interested teams regarding the defenseman.

Jakob Chychrun would be an attractive trade option for many teams because he has seven goals and 26 points in 38 games with Ottawa this season.

The 25-year-old was traded to Ottawa under a year ago on March 1, 2023. He could be moved as early as the March 8 trade deadline.

Senators GM Steve Staios is expected to meet with Chychrun's agent, Andy Scott of Octagon Hockey, to discuss the defenseman's future plans. Trade discussions may greatly intensify as the March 8 deadline approaches.

The Senators currently sit at the bottom of the eastern conference with a 15-24-0 record.

Chychrun has one more full year remaining on a six-year, $27,600,000 contract which was signed back in 2019-20.