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Vladislav Namestnikov Traded to Colorado Avalanche

The Sens make their first trade of deadline day.

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The Ottawa Senators have kicked off trade deadline day early, sending Vladislav Namestnikov to the Colorado Avalanche. In return, they’ll receive a 4th round pick in the 2021 NHL draft.

Namestnikov, a pending unrestricted free agent, was acquired by the Sens from the New York Rangers at the beginning of the season when they ran into some injury trouble. The price was a 4th round pick in 2020 and 25-year-old AHLer Nick Ebert, and save for the depth piece, their flipped asset fetched the exact same return.

Playing consistent bottom-six minutes, Namestnikov put up 25 points in 54 games in a Sens uniform while also having a positive impact defensively. With the Avalanche gunning for a deep playoff run, he’ll be a key depth piece for them for the rest of the season.

Namestnikov carries a total cap hit of $4 million, but some retained salary by the Rangers brings it down to $3.25 million.