A pair of trades Tuesday afternoon saw the New York Rangers bolster their blue line and the Ottawa Senators continue to augment an injury depleted forward corps.
According to a tweet from the NHL, the Blueshirts picked up Detroit Red Wings veteran defenceman Brendan Smith for their own third round pick in 2017 and Ottawa’s second round pick in 2018.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 28, 2017
In another pre-trade deadline swap, the Ottawa Senators got forward Viktor Stalberg from Carolina for the Sens third round pick in this year’s draft. This move comes a day after Ottawa traded for belligerent Vancouver Canucks’ forward Alexandre Burrows.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) February 28, 2017
The acquisition of Smith is most likely a move by the Blueshirts to keep pace with Washington, who greatly increased their Stanley Cup aspirations by trading for D Kevin Shattenkirk on Monday. Smith, who is in his sixth season after being drafted 27th overall by Detroit in 2007, had five points and a -1 rating in 33 games this year.
The Senators move to get Stalberg gives them further depth down the wing, where injuries have kept Bobby Ryan, Chris Neil, Clark MacArthur and Curtis Lazar out for varying lengths of time. Stalberg scored nine goals (two shorthanded) and added three assists in 57 games for Carolina this season.