TSN reports the Ottawa Senators acquired winger Tommy Wingels from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor league forwards Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini plus a seventh-round pick in 2017. The Sharks will also retain 30 percent of Wingels’ salary-cap hit ($2.475 million) for this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was in the market for several weeks for depth at forward. With left wing Clarke MacArthur out for the season with concussion symptoms, he obviously felt some urgency to bolster his forward lines.
Wingels, 28, is a versatile forward who can skate at all three forward positions. He’s solely a checking-line forward and doesn’t put up big numbers, though he tallied 38 points in 2013-14 and 36 points the following season. He has only eight points in 37 games this season with the Sharks and was a healthy scratch for several games.
Perhaps the move to a new club will re-energize Wingels. He is also eligible for unrestricted free agency, so he’s likely a rental player unless he picks up his performance with the Sens.
It’s an affordable depth move for the Senators. The Sharks, meanwhile, free up some cap space by shedding a player who had fallen down their depth chart and wasn’t going to be re-signed after this season.