It used to be an NHL player -- especially one who had yet to establish himself as a regular -- would never think of buying a house in the city where he played the majority of his games. It was a jinx, a sure way to purchase himself the trade he didn't want.

But Patrick Wiercioch is not of that mindset. The Senators 23-year-old defenceman and his bride Kresson are currently building a nice new home on the outskirts of Westboro. Wiercioch, a former second-round pick, is establishing deep roots in Ottawa, despite some dubious signs around him.

During the 2013-14 season, his second with the team, Wiercioch suited up for just 53 games. He was a healthy scratch 29 times. Ottawa was struggling defensively, and the gangly, offensive-minded blueliner paid the price more than any other player at his position.

Clearly, coach Paul MacLean had some issues with his game.

When camp starts in six weeks, the Senators will have eight NHL defenceman in attendance. Seven with one-way contracts and Cody Ceci, who last season played like he has no intention of ever going back to Binghamton.

If the Senators are still going to make the trade they've promised, it would figure they'll deal from a point of strength.

Is Wiercioch on the block? Maybe, maybe not.

"You can worry about it, but it's not going to do much good for you," he said Wednesday at Sensplex. "We're realistic of the business, and we kind of know what we're in for. Unless you have a no-movement clause, you're in play. That's just the way it is. You've got to see if you do get traded, it's an opportunity, another team wants you. There's just a lot of great fans here in Ottawa, and my wife and I really enjoy it here.