Senators’ Johnny Oduya a healthy scratch ahead of trade deadline

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Johnny Oduya has in all probability played his final game as a member of the Ottawa Senators.

The defenceman will be made a healthy scratch for Saturday’s home matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Senators head coach Guy Boucher spoke with reporters Saturday morning and when he was asked whether or not Oduya was sitting out due to an injury, Boucher replied: “I have to keep him out.”

Saturday’s game against the Flyers is Ottawa’s final contest before Monday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline and Oduya, a pending unrestricted free agent, is one of the players the team is expected to move.

General manager Pierre Dorion has been perhaps the busiest GM in the league this season, trading away Kyle Turris in November, Dion Phaneuf earlier this month and Derick Brassard Friday night in a complicated three-team swap with Pittsburgh and Vegas.

Oduya, a 36-year-old two-time Stanley Cup champ, has a cap hit of $1 million. He signed a one-year deal with the Sens as a free agent last July.

Defenceman Ian Cole, acquired by the Sens in Friday’s trade, is also a healthy scratch as the team is expected to flip him to another team prior to the deadline.

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