Let’s start with the Leafs deadline, trading for Nick Baptiste last night for Future Considerations. Nic Petan was also traded to the Maple Leafs for Par Lindholm, this is an interesting pick up for the leafs, as Petan may just have needed a fresh start. Keep an eye on this pick up.
The Habs traded for Jordan Weal and traded Michael Chaput away. A pretty easy move to make, two players that most likely need new scenery. Montreal was said to be interested in a few big fish, but Bergevin seems to be interested in small tweaks and relying on the roster he has now.
Now down to it. The Ottawa Senators have been under the microscope since the Matt Duchene trade in 2018. The team was left without their first round pick in 2019, which could turn into a first overall pick. The team’s wheels fell right off and suddenly, Erik Karlsson’s name is put on the market. Months later Karlsson is traded, the season begins and they are just as bad. Then the big 3 of Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Mark Stone are apparently on the market. Then for months Sens fans have to deal with even more exhausting trade speculation.
The first shoe to drop is Matt Duchene, Ottawa receiving a 1st in 2019, Vitaly Abramov, Johnathan Davidsson, and a conditional 1st on whether Duchene re-signs. The deal for a rental for the most part is pretty good. Abramov really has boom or bust potential and some of his abilities are exciting, the best being his puck handling and creativity. Davidsson is a underrated prospect who has a good upside that he can become a solid top 9 forward. The first is one that Ottawa desperately needed in a good draft year.
The second is Ryan Dzingel. Ottawa receives two 2nd round picks and Anthony Duclair for Dzingel and a 2nd. The return for a player that is going to get at least 50 points isn’t a bad one. Comparatively players like Mats Zuccarello and Gustav Nyquist. I personally don’t think we’ve seen the best from Dzingel yet either, he’s been excellent and will get an opportunity to succeed in Columbus. Duclair being able to play on the roster now is good for the thinning ranks. The Sens are wracking up the picks and will make things a little easier for the future and rebuild.
The Sens and Anaheim swapped Brian Gibbons for Pat Sieloff and this was obviously the biggest deal to happen.
And finally Mark Stone. Stone has been the life blood of the Senators for a few years and it was a mistake for him not to be named captain days after Karlsson was traded. Stone was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights and immediately signed an 8 year $9.5 million contract extension. The return was Oscar Lindberg, a 2nd round pick and Erik Brannstrom. The best piece of this trade for Ottawa is Erik Brannstrom, who was a star in every showing in the World Juniors, and was arguably the best prospect in the Vegas system. Brannstrom is so exciting and is great for the future of the blue line.
With that being said, Mark Stone is the best forward the Sens have had in a very long time. He is one of the best RW in the game right now and the way the situation has melted down in Ottawa, you have to wonder how anyone survives through this. With the plethora of top notch prospects that Ottawa has, the outlook should be better, but when you trade a guy who should be a lifer for the Senators, you lose trust from your fans. This happens when your ownership and management is awful. Eugene Melnyk is the single largest reason for how terrible the Sens situation is. Don’t be surprised seeing more notes about low attendance in Ottawa and even a few billboards that say #MelnykOut.
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