Senators, Bruins swap forwards
The Ottawa Senators traded left winger Peter Schaefer to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday in exchange for right winger Shean Donovan.
The speedy Donovan spent one season in Boston, scoring six goals and adding 11 assists in 75 games.
"We're trying to add a little more spice to the lineup," Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray told the Canadian Press. "Every time we played against Boston in the last year, Shean was a real factor in the game. We know he's not an offensive producing player to any extent, but he can chip in [in] that department."
"But the biggest thing is his speed and his ability to get in on the forecheck. After playing in the finals, we saw that that became a priority for us."
The Timmins, Ont., native has recorded 100 goals and 114 assists in a 775-game career that has included stops in San Jose, Colorado, Pittsburgh and Calgary.
Donovan had his best offensive season with the Flames in 2003-04, scoring 18 goals and 24 assists.
The 32-year-old played his junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's.
Schaefer recorded 12 goals and 34 assists in 77 games last season, his fourth with the Senators. The Yellow Grass, Sask., native added six points (one goal, five assists) in Ottawa's 20 playoff games.
Schaefer, 30,was chosen by Vancouver in the third round of the 1995 entry draft. He was traded by the Canucks to Ottawa in 2002 in exchange for defenceman Sami Salo.
The two-way forward has scored four short-handed goals in a season twice.
The trade is a money-saver for the Senators. Schaefer has three years and $6.7 million USleft on hiscurrent contractwhile Donovan has one yearremaining at $925,000.
"It obviously creates some finance that hopefully will allow us to do some things either with our present players that we want to retain for the future, or maybe even go get somebody for the short term," said Murray.
Ottawa has yet to re-sign goaltender Ray Emery, forward Chris Kelly and Christoph Schubert, who can play forward and defence.
With files from the Canadian Press