Trade alert: The #Sens have acquired a 2022 third-round draft pick from @NHLBruins in exchange for defenceman Mike Reilly.— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) April 12, 2021
Alerte transaction : Les #Sens ont acquis un choix de troisième ronde en 2022 des Bruins de Boston en retour du défenseur Mike Reilly.
Reilly was in the midst of his best season in the NHL, with 19 points in 40 games and was playing 18:36 a night. Though they had struggled a bit in recent weeks, his pairing with Artem Zub gave the Sens a reliable second pair for the first time in years. At the time of the trade, Reilly was second among the team’s defensemen in CF% and first in xGF%. Reilly was also a pending UFA and there didn’t appear to be much progress towards a new contract. In light of that fact, and the Sens’ need to find ice-time for some of their young defensemen, this trade shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. Pierre Dorion paid a 5th round pick to acquire Reilly from the Habs last year, and will receive a 3rd pick for trading him out; a tidy bit of business all in. Meanwhile, the Sens’ search for their second pairing of the future will begin a new.