Senators Trade Curtis Lazar to Flames

USATSI_9756149_154158418_lowresThe Ottawa Senators have traded Curtis Lazar and Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames for Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round draft pick.

22-year-old Lazar is a good two-way centre and can play any forward position if the situation calls for it. He has just one assist in 33 games this season and is currently listed as day-to-day, averaging just 8:49 of ice time a game.

In 176 career games, all with Ottawa, Lazar has registered 36 points.

“We’re not making this bet based upon what he’s doing today,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “We think there’s significant upside. The character of this kid…he’s going to put the work in. We think the environment and the group that we have here, he fits right in with that age group. He’s got a lot of work to do to get to the level that he wants to and we want him to. We talked to him today. He’s committed.”

The Senators are 33-22-6, good for second in the Atlantic Division. That puts them six points behind the division-leading Montreal Canadiens and ties them with the Boston Bruins. Ottawa has been busy dealing, having acquired Alex Burrows from Vancouver a few days ago.

“[The trade] was very difficult for us as an organization and for me personally,” Dorion said. “It wasn’t working out with Curtis this year, whether it was the mono to start off, maybe he was behind the eight ball the whole year, we saw that he wasn’t the same player he’d been in the past.”

31-year-old Kostka has 21 points in 85 career games with the Senators, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

In Jokipakka, the Senators are getting a sizable Finnish defenceman. He’s 6’3, 215 pounds and can play a sound defensive game. He can move the puck as well, plus he makes few mistakes.

In 38 games this season, Jokipakka has six points. He averages 14:26 of ice time a game and gives Ottawa depth on the blueline.

In 147 career games with the Flames and Dallas Stars, Jokipakka has 28 points – including three goals.

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