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Senators Trade D-Man Mike Reilly to Bruins for 3rd-Round 2022 Pick

The Boston Bruins got the help they needed on defense when they traded a draft choice to the Ottawa Senators to get him.

The Ottawa Senators have traded defenseman Mike Reilly to the Boston Bruins for a third-round draft choice in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins were hurting on defense and this is an addition that the team needed. For the Senators, they turn over an upcoming UFA for a third-round draft choice. It’s probably a win-win situation for both teams.

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Reilly Had a Decent Season, But Was an Upcoming UFA

Reilly had a decent season, scoring 19 assists and 54 hits in 40 games. But the fact that he can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year combined with the sense that this simply was a rebuilding season in Ottawa makes him expendable.

Reilly’s a 27-year-old, 6-foot-1, 199-pound veteran who’s played 244 career NHL games with three NHL teams – the Senators, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Minnesota Wild. He was a fourth-round draft choice by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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Mike-Reilly, Driving on Net for the Canadiens

As noted, the Senators get a 2022 third-rounder from the Bruins. It isn’t the biggest trade for either team, but it hugely helps the Bruins cover some serious injuries and the need for depth on the blue line right now. And for Boston, that’s important. Zdeno Chara isn’t with the team any longer, and their defense needs a boost heading into the postseason.

The left-handed shot, play-making Reilly should be able to jump in and help the Bruins immediately. 

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