Tuesday, January 24, 2017

NHL Trade review: Sharks send Wingels to Sens for 2 forwards, pick


     The Ottawa Senators have acquired LW Tommy Wingels from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forwards Buddy Robinson, Zach Stortini, and a 7th round draft pick in the 2017 draft. Here's why it happened:
      For the entire year, the Sens have been looking to find a solid bottom 6 winger. Prospect Curtis Lazar has just 1 point, an assist, in 25 games this year and is a -6, being a major disappointment. The Sens found some success in their depth, though, as C Ryan Dzingel has 23 points in 45 games. Players like Robinson, LW Max McCormick, and RW Casey Bailey have played a few amount of games this season. LW Matt Puempel was dealt to the New York Rangers earlier this year. The 28 year old Wingels has 8 points in 37 games this season. Wingels also has some playoff experience, especially with the Sharks in last year's Stanley Cup final. "Tommy has been a valuable member of our franchise for many years, a phenomenal teammate and a true role model on and off the ice for our organization and the NHL," San Jose GM Doug Wilson said. "As a team evolves and younger players push for roster spots, unfortunately tough decisions have to be made. We wish Tommy and his wife, Molly, nothing but success in the future." Wingels has 122 points in 337 games so far in his career, all with San Jose. Wingels should first play with Ottawa Thursday against the Calgary Flames.
         The Sharks will also retain 30% of Wingels contract. He's owed $2.45 mil in his 3rd year of his contract, and he will be a UFA on July 1st this year.
        For the Sharks they get some depth in their minor league system. "We also want to welcome Buddy and Zach to our organization. They add size and depth to our reserve list and we look forward to having them in San Jose," Wilson also said. The 6 foot 6, 232Ib, 25 year old Robinson has 0 points in 4 games this year in the NHL. He made his debut last year in 3 games, with a goal and an assist in 3 games. The 6-2 219Ib, 31 year old Stortini has 3 points in 22 games this year in the AHL, and has 257 games of NHL experience, most recently in the 2011-12 season with the Nashville Predators.

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