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The Ottawa Senators made a lot of moves before the trade deadline. First, they sent fan favorite Mike Fisher to Nashville in exchange for draft picks. Then, they sent Chris Kelly to Boston for a draft pick.
Next was Jarkko Ruutu to Anaheim for another draft pick. After that, they swapped goaltenders with Colorado, acquring Craig Anderson for Brian Elliott.
Next to go was Alex Kovalev to Pittsburgh for another draft pick. Finally, they sent Chris Campoli and a draft pick to Chicago in exchange for Ryan Potulny and a draft pick.
To recap, the Senators traded six players and got two players now in return—one goaltender and one forward.
Sure, all of those draft picks will be helpful in rebuilding a team in the next few years, but the picks will likely need to spend time in the minors before seeing playing time with the Sens. This means that the Sens' remaining stars really haven't received any help from this trade.