Senators Trade Dzingel to Blue Jackets
The Ottawa Senators trade winger Ryan Dzingel and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger Anthony Duclair, a second-round pick in 2020, and a second-round pick in 2021.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s was any doubt the Jackets are loading up for a strong stretch drive and playoff run after yesterday’s acquisition of Matt Duchene, this move should put them to rest. For the second time in as many days, the Blue Jackets acquire one of the Senators’ leading scorers.
Dzingel, slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is a speedy, hard-working forward who can play either wing. He’s already reached a career-high in points this season (44) and is one goal shy of breaking his single-season record of 23. At his current pace, he could reach 30 goals and 60 points by season’s end. It remains to be seen if the Jackets can re-sign him before this summer but his addition bolsters an offense that already got a big bump with yesterday’s acquisition of Duchene.
Duclair, 23, has struggled to return to his promising 20-goal, 44-point debut in 2015-16 with the Arizona Coyotes. He’s managed just 11 goals and 19 points in 53 games. Duclair now joins his fourth team since last season, having been traded by the Coyotes to the Chicago Blackhawks before signing a one-year contract with the Jackets last summer.
The seventh-round pick going to the Blue Jackets from the Senators originally belonged to the Calgary Flames.