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Feb 3, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci (5) carries the puck up ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Is Cody Ceci Fixing Ottawa Senators Defense Problem?

In the first two months of the season, there was a bunch of speculation that the Ottawa Senators were trying to trade for a defenseman. They very well could have, but a call-up from the AHL has stopped any talk.

That call-up is Cody Ceci. Since being called up, Ceci has played in 27 games, scoring 1 goal and adding 5 assists for a total of six points while averaging 17:17 in ice time. He has grown to be a very valuable piece on the Senators’ blue line.

The Sens might have expected this, but probably not this soon. The Senators drafted Ceci with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. The fact that he was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa 67′s of the OHL makes him a fan favorite of the team.

Travis Yost, a popular blogger on, wrote today that while Ceci has helped the Senators’ blue line, he hasn’t exactly made it as good as some people make it out to be. He notes that Ceci’s play has moved General Manager Bryan Murray focus from adding a defenseman to adding a top-six winger.

Murray had this to say after a practice last week.

“We seemed to be unable to get the puck going on a consistent basis. Cody (Ceci) coming in has given us that other person that could compliment the defensive-type guys. I’m not concerned about that now. I do think if we could find another forward that had some offensive ability or a real determination to play hard. That’s basically what I’m looking to do if that’s possible.”

Yost believes that decision might be a little hasty and the Senators should still look into adding a defenseman. Regardless, it looks there will be at least one deal made in Ottawa. Which position they go after is the question.

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