Senators’ Vladislav Namestnikov, Tyler Ennis will not play vs. Canadiens

Ottawa Senators left wing Vladislav Namestnikov (90) takes a shot on Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) during second period NHL hockey action. (Chris Wattie/CP)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Tyler Ennis will not play in the Ottawa Senators‘ game Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Namestnikov was also held out of Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. There have been rumours that he has been included in trade talks ahead of the NHL trade deadline, which takes place this Monday, Feb. 24.

The Senators originally acquired the 29-year-old from the New York Rangers back in October in exchange for defenceman Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft.

In 56 games, Namestnikov has 13 goals and 25 points. Ennis has 14 goals and 33 points in 61 games this season after signing a one-year $800-000 deal with Ottawa in the off-season.

Top forward prospect Josh Norris, who was recalled on Friday, is set to make his NHL debut.

This is the final game for the Senators before the deadline.

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