The Ottawa Senators have acquired forward Vladislav Namestnikov from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert and a 2021 4th round draft pick.
The Senators likely will be at the bottom of the league this season. But in Namestnikov, they see a player that can be traded later. A pending UFA, Namestnikov has a lot to play for this season. If he has a good stint with the Senators, he can be flipped for picks at the trade deadline. He didn\’t have a good two games for the Rangers this year, with no points and a -2 rating. He has struggled since joining the Rangers at the 2018 trade deadline. The Rangers retained 18.8% of Namestnikov\’s contract ($750k).
Namestnikov, 26, has no points in two games this year. He scored 11 goals with 31 points in 78 games for the Rangers last season. In his NHL career for the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, Namestnikov has scored 66 goals with 92 assists for 158 points in 362 games.
Namestnikov had fallen out of favor in New York, and with valuable youngsters Filip Chytil and Vitali Kravtsov in the AHL, the eyes were on Namestnikov to play well. He didn\’t, and now he is gone. Trade talks surrounding him took place throughout the offseason, with his contract soon expiring. They get a defenseman in Ebert that came back to North America after a stint in the Swedish League.
Ebert, 25, has no points in 1 AHL game this season. He scored 11 goals with 22 assists for 33 points in 49 Swedish League games this past season.