Canadiens’ defenceman Mike Reilly has been dealt to the Ottawa Senators.
The Ottawa Senators receive defenceman Mike Reilly, and the Canadiens receive Minor League prospect Andrew Sturtz and a 2021 fifth round pick.
Mike Reilly will fill a need on the Senators blue-line, as it’s been severely depleted. Senators management decided to deal with the injuries by calling up Andreas Englund from Belleville, and Cody Goloubef from the press box, where he has been the whole year.
The 26-year old Chicago native, hasn’t really had a great opportunity yet in his NHL career since 2016, when he played for the Minnesota Wild.
The Senators are quite desperate and they are losing games, solely because of the lack of defensive depth. They were basically just relying on Thomas Chabot the whole game.
So Chabot ended up playing over 30 minutes a night for around five games straight. The addition of Reilly is a good one, as he will be a steadying force on the Senators blueline.
He’s 26, so he brings some experience to the young club, and he’s hungry for some NHL success. An injury-prone player to say the least, here’s his opportunity to really set his mark on the NHL. With more minutes on the Senators than he would get on the Canadiens.
He’s been playing an average of 14 minutes a night on the already established Habs defence core. On the Sens, however, that could reach 17-18 minutes even, as he will be one of the go-to guys on their defence.
In Montreal he would be in the press box a lot, but that will change with his arrival to Ottawa. He could even be paired with phenom, Thomas Chabot, which would do wonders for his confidence and play.
The Senators have tried a lot of people to play with Chabot, with Cody Goloubef being the last one, Reilly might just be able to stick on the top pairing for a while at least.
Andrew Sturtz was a forgotten prospect for the Senators, not sticking at any level, ECHL or AHL. He was put in the trade as an extra contract, nothing else.
He’s an AHL fourth-liner at best, and probably won’t make it to the NHL.
The Senators also gave the Canadiens a fifth round pick, which is a small price to pay for a solid defenceman, to help out a injured, young d-core.
This is a good trade for both teams, the Senators receive a defenceman and the Canadiens receive a pick and a prospect which could go a long way.
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