The Binghamton Senators got some good news today with the additions of both Mike Hoffman and Cody Ceci added to their playoff roster through a paper transaction and a trade. The Ottawa Senators made a move to help benefit Binghamton as Patrick Mullen was acquired for Jeff Costello that should help stabilize the B-Sens blue line as it now has some depth which was sorely lacking before.
Hoffman was called up while leading the Senators in scoring and points and second in the league leaving a huge gap on the offense that the club tries to fill. Matt Puempel has been that guy as of late but maybe not the answer as the team has lost their last four games and is in a scoring slump.
Ceci has been with Ottawa for the majority of the season as the rookie has played well for Paul MacLean. The move to include him on Binghamton’s list surprised me a bit as I didn’t expect him back, but reassured Ottawa’s commitment for continuing player develop for their prospect’s and hopefully a long playoff run would benefit the rookie defenseman and the team as well.
Mullen was a trade that answered Luke Richardson’s request to add some experience on the back-end and that is sorely needed as the depth was rather thin as of late. With Mark Borowiecki out with a lower body injury and Tyler Eckford sick, the end result was Troy Rutkowski getting called up from Elmira. With an average of 23.16 years old on defense in their last game at St. John’s, they can now rely on the veteran Mullen and play their game getting some offense going again.
These moves makes Binghamton that much better and fills some weaknesses the club has experienced but in order for them to work out the club needs to find their scoring touch again and get some wins under their belt in order to make the playoffs. Otherwise there is no good news.
UPDATE: Andre Petersson was also traded to Norfolk for defenseman Alex Grant. That is a great trade if you ask me. Grant will be a welcome addition to the blue line bringing some offense and Petersson was in a no win situation with the organization.