The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – A History Of Ottawa Senators Trades

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I’m glad we got through those last few trades, because now we get to be reminded of some successful deals. You’ll notice that nearly half of these moves were made with Bryan Murray as General Manager. The guy knows his hockey.


(January 23 1996)

Islanders acquire: Don Beaupre, Bryan Berard, Martin Straka

Senators acquire: Wade Redden, Damian Rhodes

None of these guys are relevant any more, but come on, this could be considered a good trade even if Rhodes wasn’t involved. Beaupre struggled in his 2 seasons with the Senators, only getting 14 wins in 71 games. Bryan Berard was an issue right after the Sens drafted him first overall in 1995. He refused to report to the team, forcing them to trade him. Martin Straka had 27 points in 49 games with Ottawa. Straka found offensive success when he returned to the Penguins during the 1997-98 season, scoring 346 points in 403 games. He also scored 96 points in 157 games during his first three years as a Penguin from 1992-95, before being traded. Rhodes wasn’t much of an improvement over Beaupre, but served as the team’s starter for  3 seasons. The real prize in this deal was Redden. Over the course of his time as a Senator, he played 838  games, and racked up 410 points, including 4 seasons with at least 43 points. Redden is also ranked fourth in all time points for the Senators, as well as number 1 for defensemen.

(September 24 1997)

Blackhawks acquire: Kirk Daubenspeck

Senators acquire: 1998 6th round pick (Chris Neil)

You can’t look at this trade and not think the Sens got lucky. Daubenspeck never played a game in the NHL, and Chris Neil currently has 834, as well as 2137 penalty minutes. Obviously teams have no idea what they’re giving away when it’s a draft pick, and chances are that Chicago wouldn’t have even taken Neil if they had kept their pick, but this move was too good to leave out.

(June 18 1999)

Ducks acquire: Ted Donato, rights to Antti-Jussi Niemi

Senators acquire: Patrick Lalime

No one can say that Patrick Lalime wasn’t a good goalie, for a few years at least. Plus he had one of my favourite masks of all time. He played five seasons in Ottawa, and had a winning record every year, including 39 wins in 2002-03, helping the Senators to their only President’s trophy. Ted Donato had a good season with the Ducks after being traded, scoring 30 points in 1999-00. He scored 25 in 65 while playing for the Stars the following year. He played a total of 5 games during the 2001-02 season, for 3 different teams. His career ended after scoring only 14 points in his last 112 games. Niemi played 29 games for the Ducks, scoring 2 points.

(June 23 2001)

Islanders acquire: Alexei Yashin

Senators acquire: Zdeno Chara, 2001 1st round pick (Jason Spezza), Bill Muckalt

Feb 8, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) tries to gain control of the puck during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

This is the big one. This is widely considered the best trade in Senators history, and for good reason. After refusing to play for a year, Yashin put up 88 points in 82 games during the 2000-01 season. Funny how 88 points will make a team forget how much of a jerk someone is. Anyway, the Islanders got stuck with Yashin while the Senators brought in a lot. I say stuck because they bought out his ridiculous contract in 2007, and had to pay him over $2 million per year for eight years. Spezza has 667 points in 667 games, all with the Senators. Chara played four seasons with the Senators before signing with the Bruins, but in his time with the Senators, he played some very good hockey. He scored between 9 and 16 goals each year, and had a +/- of 29 or higher for three of the four years. Oh yeah, and Bill Muckalt was just sort of around for 70 games.

(August 23 2005)

Thrashers acquire: Marian Hossa, Greg De Vries

Senators acquire: Dany Heatley

Come on, admit it. This was a good trade, and you know it. The way Heatley ended his time in Ottawa wasn’t so great, but he did have two 50 goal/100 point seasons ( he’s an all-star, right?). De Vries played 2 seasons in Atlanta, and finished his career with 2 seasons in Nashville, never putting up a whole lot of points. Most people know about Hossa’s success since the trade, scoring 595 points in 608 games, with four different teams.

(June 20 2008)

Predators acquire: 2008 1st round pick (Chet Pickard), 2009 3rd round pick (Taylor Beck)

Senators acquire: 2008 1st round pick (Erik Karlsson)

There isn’t a whole lot to say about this other than the fact that Karlsson is a lot better than Pickard or Beck. By a lot. Pickard has yet to play in the NHL, Beck has played 23 games with 7 points. Compared to Norris Trophy-winning, Olympic silver medalist, Erik Karlsson, Nashville got the short end of the stick on that one.

(December 17 2011)

Coyotes acquire: David Rundblad and a 2012 2nd round pick (Anthony Stolarz)

Senators acquire: Kyle Turris

I must admit, I was disappointed in the trade when I first heard of it. Rundblad had just won the defenseman of the year award in the Swedish league, beating Adam Larsson, and I was pumped to have another Swedish player on the team. But I must admit, this trade definitely makes Bryan Murray look like a genius. Since the trade, Turris has 102 points in 158 games, and is a +36. Rundblad has played 26 games, scoring 5 points, and is a -9.

(July 1 2012)

Blue Jackets acquire: Nick Foligno

Senators acquire: Marc Methot

Foligno was my favourite Ottawa Senator, and even I can’t argue that this trade wasn’t fantastic. Methot is easily the Sens’ best defensive d-man, and the team has taken considerably less goaltender interference penalties since the trade. In 100 games with the Blue Jakets, Foligno has 53 points.

And of course, there are a few trades that still need some time before we can organize them into the “good” or “bad” category. We’ll see how trading Chris Kelly for a second round pick (Shane Prince) will turn out. Prince has shown a lot of promise, but is rumoured to have asked for a trade, and is probably involved in a possible deal with the Sabres as we speak. Then there’s the whole Alex Auld for a sixth round pick (Mark Stone). Stone has taken a little longer to develop than the Sens’ management was hoping, but he could still turn out to be a very solid player.

And then there’s the most recent trade: Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen, and a first round pick for Bobby Ryan. We all know that Ryan is a very good player. We just need to see how good Silfverberg, Noesen and that pick will end up being. If the Ducks end up with two top 6 forwards plus whatever that first rounder turns into, it’ll be hard to say that the Sens are the obvious winners.

And last but not least, one that should probably be put into the “bad” section: Ben Bishop for Cory Conacher, and a fourth round pick. This season, Bishop has been putting up Vezina-worthy numbers. Conacher was just put on waivers this afternoon. This has the potential to be one of the worst deals for the Sens, but I won’t put it in that category just yet, mostly because it’ll hurt too much. I’d rather wait and see what happens with both players. I seriously doubt that Conacher will clear the waivers, so it looks like the Sens will just keep that fourth round pick from that deal.

Thanks for reading. Hopefully this gave you something to read while you were waiting for TSN to finally announce something on the deadline. But lets be honest, nothing big is going to happen, right?