The Ottawa Senators made a trade yesterday with the Vancouver Canucks. They acquired Anders Nilsson and Josh Archibald in exchange for Tom Pyatt, Mike McKenna, and a 6th round pick in the upcoming draft.
Yesterday, Josh Tessler gave you the breakdown for the Canucks, and now I will let you know how this affects the Senators.
Nilsson, a former 3rd Round pick for the New York Islanders, has played well below elite this season for the Canucks. In 12 games, he has a 3-8-1 record, with a 3.09 GAA and .885 SV%. He is a pending UFA making a reasonable $2.5M. If the Senators can get a few showcase games for Nilsson, they may be able to flip him to a desperate contender at the deadline.
Archibald, the former Pittsburgh Penguins draft selection, has been a disappointment on an otherwise surprising Canucks team. He has 1goal and 1 assist in the NHL this year and was recently assigned to the Utica Comets of the AHL. He likely will report straight to the AHL and possibly be added to another deal in the future.
Overall, I think the Senators did very well in this trade. They gave up an AHL goaltender and an under*performing Tom Pyatt. In return, they got a goaltender that they can use at the NHL level. Giving up a late round pick may have been a bit of icing on the cake of the deal. However, it is not a huge detriment to their future plans.
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