After The Trades – How Are The Ex-Sens Doing?


Well with a lull in the Senators’ schedule, I think it is a good time to update Sens faithful on how their former players are doing as they have been scattered througout the league over the past month.

Here is a breif update on the departed, and in certain cases, how it affects the Senators’ future.

Mike Fisher – The first departure, Fisher has played 11 games with the Nashville Predators. Brought in to be a leader offensively and defensively, the stats show that he probably isn’t living up to expectations.  He has recoreded 1 goal and 3 assists, and is a minus 4 while playing about 19 minutes per game.  Nashville’s record is 4-5-2 since the acquired Fisher, and they are still battling to remain in the playoff hunt.  The lower the Predators fall, the higher the Senators pick will be.  If the draft were to be held based on the standings today, Ottawa would be picking 12th with the pick received in return for Fisher.

Chris Kelly – Kelly has played 7 games with the Boston Bruins, and he has recorded 2 assists.  He is a plus 1 in about 16 minutes per game.  He seems to be doing his job as a third line centre/winger, along with the also newly acquired Rich Peverly.  Boston is 6-0-1 with Kelly in the lineup.

Alex Kovalev – The enigmatic one hasn’t had the desired effect (although probably has had the expected effect)  in his return to Pittsburgh.  He showed up for the game against Toronto where he scored a goal and had the shootout winner, but that is the extent of his contribution so far.  He has siuted up for 5 games, with the one goal and 8 PIM.  He is a minus 3, averaging about 18 minutes per game.  The Penguins are 2-1-2 with Kovalev suiting up.

Jarkko Ruutu – The pest has played seven games with the Anaheim Ducks, and despite his role not always being quantifiable, has chipped in offensively. His 1 goal and 1 assist, for two points is probably more offense that was expected.  He is even in terms of +/- and has played about 13 minutes per game.  The Ducks are 3-3-1 with Ruutu in uniform.

Chris Campoli – In his three games with the Hawks, he has been gaining the confidence of coaches and teammates alike.  He recorded two assists in his second game there, and in his last game (a win vs. Toronto) he led all Chicago players in ice time, with almost 25 minutes.  He is +2 with the two assists, as the scorching hot Hawks are 3-0-0 since acquiring Campoli.

Brian ElliottColorado fans and management might rue the day the Avs traded Craig Anderson straight up for Elliott.  Like his days in Ottawa, Elliott has struggled mightily in the Mile High City.  In his 4 starts, he is 0-3-1 with a very pedestrian 3.94 GAA and .890 save percentage.


So there you have your “where are they now?” update.  None of the ex-Sens are really setting the world on fire in their new homes, and in some cases (Hello, Brian Elliott) could be pointed to as a major reason the Senators are in rebuild mode as we speak.  Campoli, Ruutu and Kelly are likely bringing what was expected, while Fisher, Elliott and Kovalev have to be disappointments.

It has only been a few games and that may change.  I will update the results of the trades again in a few weeks and see if anything has changed.


Thanks for reading and as always, comments are welcomed.

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