"It's believed Howson is desperately trying to make trades. This time it can't be for a Chris Clark. The Jackets need significant changes and that means breaking up the club's core.
The general manager should not hesitate.
Howson is going to have to move a Brassard or Voracek or Vermette or Russell or a top prospect to get anything of value. It might require a combination. The general manager should at least listen to offers for his captain and four-time All Star. I could not have imagined typing that sentence a year ago. Trading Nash would not be my first option -- he's far and away the organization's best player -- but right now everything has to be considered."
It's interesting that Antoine Vermette's name gets mentioned here.
Would Ottawa have any interest in bringing back the speedy forward, especially in the desolate aftermath of the Pascal Leclaire (disaster) era?
Vermette was only sacrificed in order to get a number one goalie, which Leclaire is when he's healthy, so it's likely the Senators organization still thought highly of him as he was sent packing. One thing Vermette has in spades is breakaway speed, something Ottawa desperately lacks among their forward group. He won't solve the Senators scoring problems but he would make them quicker.
It's also interesting to note that the Blue Jackets have around 5 million in cap space. Who Columbus could possibly want off Ottawa's roster is anyone's guess, likely no one Murray wants to trade. The Blue Jackets are still in the playoff hunt in the West although starting to fade.
While it's a longshot at best, I have a hunch Ottawa fans would welcome back Vermette with open arms should the occasion ever present itself.