The Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a trade that brought a familiar face back to Ottawa. Ryan Dzingel makes his return to the Ottawa Senators. One and a half years from the franchise that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL draft. In exchange for Dzingel’s services, the Senators traded newly signed center Alex Galchenyuk and Stanley cup champion Cedric Paquette to the Carolina Hurricanes.
It is confusing why each team decided to make this trade, but I believe that the Senators decided to make this trade to clear a little salary cap space and improve the roster. For the Hurricanes, it improves their depth at the center position with Galchenyuk. Paquete provides a little sandpaper or grit as you will and will help protect players such as Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and Martin Necas.
What Ryan Dzingel brings to the Ottawa Senators
As previously mentioned, Dzingel played for the Senators to start his career. He was drafted in the seventh round and made the unlikely jump to the NHL. He made his debut during the 2015-16 season when he played 30 games for the Ottawa Senators.
Dzingel had played parts of four seasons with the club before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2019 trade deadline. With the Blue Jackets, Dzingel helped lead them past the Tampa Bay Lightning in four games. The Blue Jackets ultimately met their demise when they lost to the Boston Bruins in six games.
After the 2018-19 season concluded, Dzingel signed with the Carolina Hurricanes. In his only entire season, he played 64 games, scoring eight goals and adding 21 assists. This season he has played 11 games fetching two goals and two assists. The Ottawa Senators hope to find his momentum in 2018-19, where he had 56 points, including 26 goals in 78 games.
What Alex Galchenyuk brings to the Carolina Hurricanes
Alex Galchenyuk, an exciting player as the once highly touted prospect, has turned into quite the journeyman. Galchenyuk once scored 30 goals for the Montreal Canadiens. Since then, he has played for the Arizona Coyotes, and during the 2019-2020 season, Galchenyuk played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild.
He still has the potential to be a consistent 30 goal scorer. It is unlikely, but if the Hurricanes can make his scoring touch return, he will be a fantastic addition to the Carolina Hurricanes. Galchenyuk is not having the best season offensively as he only has one goal in eight games. Hopefully, he can rebound with the Hurricanes and return to the great player he seemed to be turning into with Montreal.
What Cedric Paquette brings to the Carolina Hurricanes
Cedric Paquette is a gritty forward acquired by the Ottawa Senators during the 2020-21 offseason. The Tampa Bay Lightning needed to clear some salary-cap space and decided Paquette was going to be the odd man out. He was traded to the Ottawa senators and Brayden Coburn to help relieve the Lightnings salary cap situation.
During the 2019-20 regular season, Paquette played in 61 games for the Lightning. He scored seven goals and eleven assists for a career-high of 18 points. With only 25 games for Tampa Bay during the playoffs, he only managed to get three assists. This season he has only played nine games for the Senators, and he has only scored one goal. He will not be a very productive point producer for his new club, but he will be making sure nobody messes with his new Carolina Hurricanes teammates.
Final Thoughts on the trade
The trade should mutually benefit both teams as the Senators improve their roster with the reacquisition of Ryan Dzingal. For the Carolina Hurricanes, they profit from the by adding quality depth to their roster. Hopefully, both teams and their acquisitions find success after the trade.