Ottawa Senators Trade Dylan DeMelo to Winnipeg Jets For 3rd Round Pick

First domino falls for the Sens

The Ottawa Senators have begun what is likely to be a busy six days before the NHL trade deadline.

The team announced, today, that they have traded defenceman Dylan DeMelo to the Winnipeg Jets, in exchange for their third-round pick in this year’s draft. DeMelo is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and it has been reported that he and the team were fairly far apart in terms of contract negotiations. Pierre Lebrun has since reported that the Senators never made a formal offer.

The Jets were in dire need of a defenceman in the absence of Dustin Byfuglien, and DeMelo fills the hole for a meagre cap hit of $900K.

The 26 year-old London, Ontario, native arrived in Ottawa from the San Jose Sharks via the Erik Karlsson trade. He tallied 32 points in 126 games with the Sens, but was heralded for his steadying influence on the back end, solid possession numbers, and positive impact as Thomas Chabot’s partner for much of last season.

The trade leaves somewhat of a question mark for Ottawa, having only Nikita Zaitsev locked up long-term on the right side, with Christian Jaros in Belleville, and Jacob Bernard-Docker and Lassi Thomson both at least a year away.

There are no conditions on the pick.

Not everyone can afford to pay for sports coverage right now, and that is why we will keep as much of the site's content free for as long as we can.

But if you are able to, please consider subscribing to help keep our articles free (and get a few extra perks).

Erik Condra
  • Ability to comment and participate in our community
  • Twice monthly newsletter available only to subscribers
  • Ad-free reading
  • Our undying love and appreciation
Brady Tkachuk
  • Everything from the Erik Condra tier
  • 10% discount on all merch
  • Access to any future paywalled content
  • A personal thank-you from the Silver Seven staff
Daniel Alfredsson
  • Everything from the Brady Tkachuk tier
  • Inner peace knowing you are supporting quality, independent coverage of your favourite sports team