Coyotes and Senators Complete A Deal

The Ottawa Senators have been adding pieces all offseason and today they went boxing day shopping for Derek Stepan from the Arizona Coyotes. The Senators sent a second-round pick in the upcoming draft back the other way.

The two teams have been talking trade for a couple of weeks, which we shared before Christmas. 

Stepan joins his third team in Ottawa after stops with the Rangers in New York before making his way to the desert. 

The Sens still have two second-round picks left for next year's draft, their own and the one belonging to the San Jose Sharks. 

The 30-year-old Stepan is coming off a mediocre season for the Coyotes, finishing the year with 28 points in 70 games. With Chris Tierney, Colin White and Stepan now in the mix, the Senators are better today than they were yesterday. They still have $6 million in cap space to work with, which could be an interesting element if the team is enjoying success leading up to the trade deadline. 

No team in the league has made their team over more than the Senators since the Stanley Cup was awarded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. If they want success in Canada's capital, the management team knew they would eventually have to add some solid veterans to their lineup. Don't be surprised if the Senators win more games than you think next season.

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