Blue Jackets acquire Dzingel from Senators

The Columbus Blue Jackets continued to load up ahead of the NHL trade deadline by acquiring forward Ryan Dzingel from the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets continued to load up ahead of the NHL trade deadline by acquiring forward Ryan Dzingel from the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Columbus sent winger Anthony Duclair and 2020 and 2021 second-round picks to Ottawa for Dzingel and a 2019 seventh-round pick. It's the second trade in as many days between the teams, after the Blue Jackets got centre Matt Duchene from the Senators for a package including a first-round draft pick and prospects.

Dzingel, like Duchene, can be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The 26-year-old has 22 goals and 22 assists in 57 games this season, and his 44 points are a career high.

Duclair had been criticized recently by Columbus coach John Tortorella for having bad listening skills. He's on a one-year deal and can be a restricted free agent this off-season.

After this trade, Ottawa now can have as many as 16 picks over the next three drafts, including conditional picks that aren't guaranteed.

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