10/8 | Sens GM Pierre Dorion said that he thought the Namestnikov trade was going to happen before the season. (Garrioch)
10/7 | 9:16PM: Bruce Garrioch tweeted that this is a deal the two teams have been talking about for awhile.
Sens GM Pierre Dorion said of Namestnikov, “Vladislav is a quick, competitive two-way forward with good hockey sense,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “He can play both centre and the wing and will have a role on both of our special teams units.”
8:17PM: The Rangers have confirmed that the trade is Namestnikov to Ottawa for a 4th round pick in 2021 and Nick Ebert.
8PM: Vlad Namestnikov’s agent tweets that Namestnikov has been traded to the Ottawa Senators.
Bruce Garrioch tweets that the Rangers are retaining $750,000 of Namestnikov’s salary and will receive a fourth round pick in 2021 and Nick Ebert.
Namestnikov is a pending UFA and has a cap hit of $4 million this season.
In 99 games with the Rangers, Namestnikov had 13 goals and 22 assists.
Ebert, 25, was a 7th round pick of LA in 2012 and has played the last two seasons in the Swedish Elite League.
Ebert had 11 goals and 22 assists in Sweden last year.
Adam Rotter: So the Rangers finally move Namestnikov and the key to this deal is the cap space that it clears for the Rangers. The Rangers were under the cap already but now have a lot more flexibility to call players up, make another move if they want and also further cushion themselves against potential entry-level bonuses.
Namestnikov always seemed like more of a throw-in to the McDonagh trade to help make salaries work and I’m surprised he lasted this long. It’s not that Namestnikov is a bad player, but he never really fit with where the Rangers were and are. He should get a chance to play higher up in the lineup with Ottawa than he did with the Rangers though it certainly seems likely that Ottawa will move him as a rental later in the year. Why didn’t the Rangers keep him and wait to flip him at the deadline? His value was never going to get any higher by playing in the Rangers bottom six, likely the fourth line, and so they get a fourth round pick, an AHL player and are able to move nearly all of his salary and cap hit.