Senators Acquire Ullmark

The Senators got their goalie.

Senators Acquire Ullmark
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The first big domino has fallen in General Manager Steve Staios' first offseason at the helm as the Ottawa Senators announced today that they've acquired 2023 Vezina Trophy winner Linus Ullmark.

It's been rumoured for months now that the Senators had their eye on Ullmark and after Jacob Markstrom and Darcy Kuemper were moved earlier this month, the Sens appeared to have been one of the final teams standing in the Ullmark sweepstakes.

In the deal, the Senators are returning Boston's first round pick to them. The 25th overall selection was acquired in the Alex DeBrincat deal but was originally owned by the Bruins. The Senators will also be saying farewell to fourth line centre Mark Kastelic in this deal.

What's most surprising, and impressive, is that the Senators managed to offload the bulk of Joonas Korpisalo's contract, retaining 25%. This will see Ottawa keeping a $1M cap hit via Korpisalo until 2027-28. When doing the math on the buyout, which would have given Ottawa cap hit of $1.3M until 2031-32, this is a tidy bit of business for Staios & Co.

Between his time with the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins, Ullmark has posted a .915 SV% or better in each of his last five seasons.

Welcome to Ottawa, Linus!

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