The Ottawa Senators have moved Jarkko Ruutu to the Anaheim Ducks for the Ducks' sixth-round pick in this year's draft. Ruutu is due to to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, making him easy pickings to be traded by the Sens.
This trade continues Sens GM Bryan Murray's complete overhaul of the Senators' lineup. First, they sent a big piece in Mike Fisher to Nashville for a first round pick this year and conditional pick next year. Next, they got rid of Chris Kelly, sending him to Boston in return for a second round pick.
The Sens are compiling lots of picks in this years draft, but have yet to acquire either a young NHL player or a prospect. These draft picks most likely won't be ready for a couple of years, so Sens fans be ready to watch them struggle mightily for the next few seasons.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray commented on acquiring Ruutu: "Jarkko is an effective, two-way player that we feel will help us down the stretch...He's the energetic, gritty type of addition we were looking for."
The Sens still have several trade pieces they could get rid of in Chris Phillips, Chris Neil and Chris Campoli. I just noticed that the Senators organization has something against guys named Chris.
Players who might be traded if the right deal comes along are Milan Michalek, Matt Carkner and Filip Kuba. The New York Rangers are said to be interested in Kuba. The Sens will try to move Sergei Gonchar and Alexei Kovalev, but it would be a a miracle if someone would take Gonchar's salary.