With just three days left to go until the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline on Friday afternoon, the Ottawa Senators agreed to trade Matt Duchene in a blockbuster deal to the Columbus Blue Jackets, however, it doesn’t appear they were done there with another key piece now on the move.
Now with just two days left remaining until the deadline, the two sides resumed trade conversation on Saturday night, this time sending forward Ryan Dzingel from the Ottawa Senators to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It all started on Saturday morning when TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported that the day would be focused on Dzingel with the Senators expected to get a quality piece in return. Dreger also added on that while Columbus and Boston were among the potential suitors, the return could range anywhere from a top prospect to a pair of draft picks.
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic Toronto then followed that up a short time later, noting that to some degree, Carolina, Boston, Columbus, St. Louis and Calgary had all shown interest in acquiring Dzingel from the Ottawa Senators.
As one might expect, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie was next to add greater detail to this, mentioning that there was all sorts of momentum at that point in the day with regards to a potential trade, pointing towards the sense that something could come together anytime between Saturday and Sunday.
McKenzie would go on to say that while perhaps at that time, it was not as much on the front burner as it had been in previous hours, it could very well carry over into Sunday if nothing was agreed to at any point on Saturday.
Moving onwards to Saturday night, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie got the party started, reporting that the two sides were in the midst of finalizing a deal involving Ryan Dzingel.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca followed this up just a moment later, reporting that the deal would be Dzingel and a seventh round pick in 2019 going the other way in exchange for Anthony Duclair and two second round picks.
Friedman also makes mention of the fact that the seventh round pick is from the Calgary Flames, owned by the Ottawa Senators in the midst of transfer as a result of the package deal. He also adds on that the two second round picks are for 2020 and 2021.
According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic Toronto, Dzingel goes from Ottawa to Columbus as a rental player, that in mind adding on that no contract extension would be involved in the trade.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun then put the finishing details of the deal together, reporting that the trade would send Dzingel and a seventh round pick to Columbus in exchange for a second round pick in 2020, a second round pick in 2021 as well as Canadian forward Anthony Duclair.
As noted by TSN.ca, Dzingel is currently slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July, meanwhile, his contract carries a cap hit of $1.8 million going from Ottawa to Columbus.
Club announcements have since been made respectively to officially confirm the transaction, meanwhile, Andrew Joe Potter of TheScore.com notes that Dzingel is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency at the conclusion of the regular season.
Dzingel joined Mark Stone in being placed on the market by Ottawa on Thursday following a 4-0 loss to Taylor Hall and the constantly emerging New Jersey Devils. Joe Potter also notes that Dzingel joined Matt Duchene in the category of highest scoring forwards on the Senators with 62 and 44 points.
With this deal now in the books, it brings Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene back together, meanwhile, as noted by Justin Cutherbert of Yahoo Sports Canada, the two shared the ice for over 500 minutes with the Senators back in Ottawa. Dzingel is set to slide into a middle-six role on the Blue Jackets left wing upon his arrival in Columbus on Sunday.
In taking a look now at Dzingel’s statistics for the 2018–19 regular season thus far, the 26-year-old native of Wheaton, Illinois has scored 22 goals to go alongside 22 assists, making for 44 points registered in 57 games played. He also adds 29 penalty minutes and a -13 Plus/Minus rating to his resume.
As for the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, the American centremen has scored 62 goals to go alongside 64 assists, making for 126 points registered in a total of 247 games played. He also adds 105 penalty minutes and a -19 Plus/Minus rating to his resume.
Dzingel was originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Since that time, Dzingel has seen time with Ohio University of the CCHA before eventually making his NHL debut towards the middle of the 2015-16 regular season.
As for Anthony Duclair, the 23-year-old native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec has scored 11 goals to go alongside 8 assists, making for 19 points registered in 52 games played. He also adds 12 penalty minutes and a -4 Plus/Minus rating to his resume.
In taking a look now at the entirety of his young NHL career as a whole, the left-handed left-winger has scored 48 goals to go alongside 60 assists, making for 108 points registered in a total of 265 games played. He also adds 95 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of 0 to his resume.
Duclair was originally selected by the New York Rangers in the third round (80th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Since that time, Duclair has seen time with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL before eventually making his NHL debut at the beginning of the 2015-16 regular season.
With this deal now set in stone following a club announcement to officially confirm the transaction, the Columbus Blue Jackets get an experienced forward who has spent the last three years with the Ottawa Senators, meanwhile, the Senators receive from Columbus a defensive winger with lots of potential.
As noted by TSN.ca, the Blue Jackets are currently third in the tight Metropolitan Division while they are looking to make a push to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Senators, on the other hand, sit in last place in the Atlantic Division.
TSN.ca also notes that for Duclair, the Ottawa Senators will make for his fifth NHL franchise in a total of five seasons after Duclair agreed to sign on with the Blue Jackets for one year back in July of 2018.
In looking at what he can bring to the Columbus Blue Jackets on the chemistry front, Brandon Share-Cohen of The Hockey Writers notes that Dzingel has the ability to be placed at all three forward positions, meanwhile, his $1.8 million annual salary is very affordable as it is soon set to expire.
As Share-Cohen goes on to say, Dzingel can be easily viewed as an under-the-wire addition for the Columbus Blue Jackets and with goal scorers such as Dzingel always in such high demand on the NHL market, he certainly has the abilities to help out his new team in a variety of ways from here on out.
On the front of Anthony Duclair who now finds himself on the move to the nation’s capital, he will provide greater depth defensively as the Ottawa Senators continue their franchise rebuild. In a statement from Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen regarding Dzingel’s acquisition, he said, “We are very happy to add Ryan Dzingel to our team as he is a very good player and goal scorer in the National Hockey League and a quality person who we believe will be a great fit with our group.”
In speaking about the deal in greater length, Kekalainen would go on to say about the agreement, “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.”
At this time, the Blue Jackets sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division, owning 73 points registered and only a one point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes. It is important to note, however, that they do hold just a single game in hand at this point in time.
Following their 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday evening, the Columbus Blue Jackets will return to action on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena as they play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:00pmET. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Ohio, meanwhile, it can be heard on 97.1 FM.