The Ottawa Senators are continuing their grand sell-off and the Columbus Blue Jackets are again the recipients as Ryan Dzingel was packaged up for forward Anthony Duclair and two second round draft picks.
Ottawa also sent a 2019 seventh round pick to Columbus as part of the deal.
The Senators pulled off the trade Saturday, just a day after they sent Matt Duchene to Columbus.
Ottawa is doing a relatively good job of accumulating picks, adding second round picks for 2020 and 2021 to its arsenal. For Duchene, the Senators added two prospects, a conditional first round pick and a first round pick. That’s not a bad assortment, with the club potentially having 16 or so draft picks over the next three years.
Dzingel was among three players benched for the Senators, with the already traded Duchene and Mark Stone being the others. That probably means Stone will be on the move as soon as Pierre Dorion finds a spot or as soon as this post has been published.
Dzingel joins the Blue Jackets in the final year of a two-year deal worth $3.6 million. He’s got 22 goals and 22 assists for the Senators this season and probably had a good look at the Columbus locker room as Duchene hopped across the hall on Friday night.
“He has local ties having played at Ohio State and in talking to him is very excited about coming back to Columbus, being a Blue Jacket and helping us as we move forward,” said Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.
In Duclair, the Senators obtain a winger capable of putting the puck in the net. He has 11 goals this season, but he’s been a journeyman of sorts. This is his fifth NHL franchise in the last five years.
“In Anthony Duclair, we’ve acquired a talented young winger who has a history of scoring goals in the league,” said Dorion. “We plan to give him the opportunity to succeed here and expect that his speed and skill set will allow him to fit as part of our future.”
The 23-year-old was born in Point-Claire. He’s on a one-year deal worth $650,000 and will be a restricted free agent this summer.
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