Lajoie was relegated to AHL Belleville on Saturday. The Senators have initiated the process of selling off premier skaters ahead of Monday's trade deadline, with Matt Duchene, who was flipped to Columbus on Friday, being the first major domino to fall in the post-Erik Karlsson era. However, Lajoie descending to the minor league probably has more to do with his own struggles -- he has zero points and a minus-6 rating over the past eight games -- rather than any kind of trade fallout.
Lajoie went without a point in the final 13 games of the first half, posting a minus-4 rating over that span. Lajoie's rookie season looked extremely promising when he racked up seven points in his first six games, but he's managed to add just six more in the 39 contests since then. The 20-year-old blueliner has recorded just one point since the start of December and has seen his power-play time dwindle down the stretch as well. Though Lajoie has a good shot to stick around and gain experience given that the Senators are well out of the playoff race, he shouldn't be expected to produce a ton from an offensive perspective.
Lajoie (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh. Lajoie has been a solid source of offense from the blue line during his rookie campaign, notching six goals and 12 points in 26 contests. The 2016 fifth-round pick will likely return to a middle-pairing role against the Penguins.
Lajoie (undisclosed) won't play Thursday against the Canadiens. Lajoie participated in pregame warmups, but he evidently isn't feeling well enough to gut it out against Montreal. The 21-year-old rookie's next opportunity to return to the lineup will arrive Saturday against the Penguins.
Lajoie (undisclosed) is hoping to play Thursday evening against the visiting Canadiens, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports. Lajoie originally wasn't expected to play in the upcoming contest, but those plans could change since the rookie defenseman reportedly feels good enough to take warmups. Ottawa's fifth-round pick from the 2016 draft has been quite the find, as he's up to six goals and assists apiece -- including seven man-advantage points -- through 26 games.
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