After losing their captain and the face of their franchise, the Ottawa Senators needed to make a move in order to keep their fan base happy. Boy did they make a blockbuster trade in order to help heal the wounds.
The Senators traded Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a 2014 first-round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for star forward Bobby Ryan. Ryan has been in the league five years and has scored 30 goals in four of those five seasons. This trade comes off the heels of Daniel Alfredsson, the captain and face of the Senators, leaving for the Detroit Red Wings.
This is a huge move that gives the young Senators a top-six forward who is a proven scorer in the NHL. It also is good for Ryan who was been looking to get out of Anaheim for a while now. He has been on the trading block for over a year now with multiple teams drawing interests in him. While he does not replace all the little things Alfredsson does, Ryan can definitely replace the offense that Alfredsson brought. Alfredsson was on the downside of his career and will be retiring sooner rather than later.
The Senators have been improving each of the last two seasons, even winning a playoffs series this year. Acquiring Ryan is something that could push the Senators into an elite team. They have a young core and a good goaltender which will help make them contenders in the tough Eastern Conference.
This is by far one of the biggest moves of the day. While this trade helps both teams, the Senators benefited the most from the trade.