NHL Trade Rumors: Proposed 1-For-1 Trade Sends Linus Ullmark To Senators

At the upcoming NHL Draft, Lyle Richardson of Bleacher Report proposes a significant one-for-one trade that would see Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark heading to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Jakob Chychrun. 

Ullmark, a former Vezina Trophy winner, has one year left on his contract with a $5 million cap hit and has been the subject of trade speculation since before the March deadline. 

The Bruins, looking to make roster adjustments and alleviate salary cap constraints, might find this trade beneficial.

Ullmark, the 2022-23 Vezina Trophy winner, held a solid .915 SV%, 2.57 GAA, along with two shutouts and a 22-10-7 record over 40 games played this season.

The Ottawa Senators, aiming to solidify their playoff hopes, are in dire need of a reliable starting goaltender, making Ullmark a fitting target. 

Jakob Chychrun, with a $4.6 million cap hit for the next season, faces an uncertain future as he approaches unrestricted free agency in July. 

The 26-year-old defenseman has yet to engage in contract extension talks with the Senators' management, creating an opportunity for a move. For the Bruins, acquiring Chychrun would bolster their blue line, especially if they decide not to re-sign pending UFA Matt Grzelcyk, as noted by Richardson.

This past season, Chychrun put up 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 total points over 82 games played, along with a -30 plus/minus rating and 154 blocked shots.

This proposed swap addresses the pressing needs of both teams. Ullmark would potentially lead Ottawa’s charge into the playoffs, providing the goaltending stability they require. 

Conversely, Chychrun would add defensive depth and skill to Boston’s roster. Richardson highlights that the Senators previously expressed interest in Ullmark, which could make this trade more than just speculation. 

While some suggest the Senators might need to add additional picks to the deal, a straight-up exchange still seems mutually beneficial.

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