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Alex Chiasson could be moved this summer

09 April 2016: Ottawa Senators right wing Alex Chiasson (90) [7459] looks to clear the zone. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 6-1 in a regular season NHL game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photograph by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
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Forward Alex Chiasson, drafted 38th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2009, was part of the deal sent to the Ottawa Senators when the Stars acquired center Jason Spezza.

Now, though, his agent believes he could be on the move again.

The Hockey News reports that Chiasson’s agent is expecting his client to likely get moved this summer, following up on a suggestion from the Ottawa Sun that the forward could be the odd man out during the upcoming offseason.

“I think that’s a potential scenario, but I don’t know if you ever really know if anything materializes until it happens,” Hughes said, via the Hockey News. “But yeah, (a trade) wouldn’t surprise me.

“I think at the end of the day, for a lack of a better term, it’s the lack of a successful marriage, I guess. You get to a point where you either decide you’re going to say to an organization, ‘move on’ or you’re going to continue to try, but as you continue to do that, your asset continues to diminish in value.”

The suggestion comes in the wake of Chiasson’s arbitration settlement this past summer, which awarded the former second round pick and Boston University alumnus a one year deal worth $1.2 million this past season. That deal will expire this summer, and the Senators likely don’t see his role as a depth player as a good fit anymore.

With just eight goals and 14 points last year in 77 games – a step down from his 26 points in 76 games the year prior, which was a step down itself from a 79-game, 35 point season with Dallas just prior to being traded – Chiasson’s production takes a dip each season he spends with Ottawa. Moving him elsewhere could give him a fresh start and jumpstart his production again, or it could mean the beginning of the end for the forward.

Either way, though, it sounds like the two year tenure for Chiasson with the Atlantic Division club is likely to come to an end.

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