To whet the appetite for trades that may come on Feb. 27, or to mistily remember what once was if this year's activity turns out to be uninspiring, we'll run through some significant past trades for all of the Canadian teams.
Here's a look at 10 significant deals made by Ottawa after the calendar turned in a particular season (yes, we're not adhering to a strict trade deadline day/week definition).
Don Beaupre from Washington for a fourth round pick
Beaupre gave the Sens two years of service and the first shutout in franchise history.
Martin Straka from Pittsburgh for Troy Murray and Norm Maciver
Straka was OK in Ottawa, but was never a horse. He always needed a talented group of teammates to really shine, and he would ultimately do so in a second stint with the Pens later in the decade.
Wade Redden and Damien Rhodes from the New York Islanders for Don Beaupre, Bryan Berard and Martin Straka
A blockbuster of a deal all around and more of a "future" trade than a deadline one (It took place in late January).
Rhodes appeared in the crease nearly 200 times and Redden was a blue-line staple for 11 seasons, and one of the league's top 10 at the position for a time. The Islanders got nowhere near the return on their end - Berard was an Islander for less than three seasons, Straka for just 22 games.
Vaclav Prospal, Pat Falloon and a second round pick from Philadelphia for Alexandre Daigle
Falloon didn't take but Prospal had two serviceable seasons before seeing his production drop precipitously. The draft pick didn't make it, but on the other end, Daigle didn't do any better with the Flyers than in Ottawa.
Tom Barrasso from Pittsburgh for Ron Tugnutt and Janne Laukkanen
Tugnutt had a 3-8 career playoff record and Ottawa wanted to take that next step, hence the acquisition of a two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie. Barrasso was so-so in seven regular season games with the Sens. He upped his game in the playoffs (just 12 goals allowed over the first five games), but his new teammates scored just 1.6 goals per game at the other end in a loss to Toronto. Barrasso didn't return to the club.
Peter Bondra from Washington for Brooks Laich and second round pick in 2004
The Senators got a sniper closing in on 500 goals, but, it soon became evident, with many miles in the tank. Bondra was OK in the regular season, finding his way after many years in the same organization. But he failed to score a point in seven playoff games and wasn't retained.
Laich had played just one game for the Sens, but has been a two-way stalwart for Washington up until this day. The pick gave the Caps two in the second round. One was used for a Russian who didn't cross, and the other for son of a Hall of Famer Chris Bourque, who appears destined to be a 'tweener' (Has 66 points in 46 AHL games as of this writing).
Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore from the Carolina Hurricanes for Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo
Neither Peterborough native Stillman nor Commodore stuck around after Ottawa's loss to the Penguins in the playoffs. You'd have to give the advantage on this one to Carolina, who got a few years for service out of Corvo.
Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli from the New York Islanders for Dean McAmmond and a first round pick in 2009.
It seemed significant at the time but Comrie and Campoli provided limited return for Ottawa, although the defenceman did play 2 1/2 seasons, as opposed to Comrie's 22-game turn in his second stint in town. The draft pick was swapped a number of times around the league; Anaheim kept it and took Kyle Palmieri.
Pascal Leclaire and a second-round pick from Columbus for forward Antoine Vermette
The brittle Leclaire made just 48 NHL appearances for Ottawa. This trade is a slight win for Columbus ... but ... Scott Howson was compelled to throw in a draft pick in the deal, which only adds to the perception among many that he is out of his depth as GM. That pick was used for Ottawa's promising young goalie, Robin Lehner.
Craig Anderson from Colorado for Brian Elliott
Whatever the misgivings about Anderson, he is unquestionably Ottawa's best No. 1 goalie since Dominik Hasek or Ray Emery. And you can't take factor Elliott's renaissance in St. Louis into the equation. He was putrid in Colorado and played himself back into two-way contract status.
Ottawa's swift decline also meant that veterans Chris Kelly and Mike Fisher were jettisoned. The draft picks so far accumulated from those trades were used to pick OHL forwards Stefan Noesen and Shane Prince, with another pick still to come.
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