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Senators Trade For Erik Gubdbranson, Ducks Clear Cap Space

The Ottawa Senators have acquired Erik Gudbranson from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick.

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The Ottawa Senators have made another move this week, finding a contract they’re willing to take on in an effort to get to the salary cap floor. The Senators have acquired Erik Gudbranson from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick.

Gudbrandon is a veteran defenseman who will cost the Senators $4 million on their cap hit. He’s technically only owed $3 million in salary this season, so the Senators add $1 million more to their cap than they are actually paying out to the player.

Senators GM Pierre Dorion has released a statement on his newest defenseman:

Erik Gudbranson provides another sizable presence to our defence corps. He’s a reliable veteran who plays an intimidating style of game and someone who will add a combination of grit, energy and, most importantly, leadership to our lineup.

Expect more moves like this from the Senators as they are one of the few teams in the NHL who have cap space to burn and the ability to take on contracts that teams are trying to clear as free agency opens up on Friday.

By trading Gudbranson, the Anaheim Ducks cleared $4 million off the books and now show the club with $4.47 million in cap space with a roster of 20 (13F-6D-1G).

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