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DeBrincat heads to Ottawa

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The Ottawa senators got their hands on it Alex DeBrincat in an exchange with the Chicago Blackhawks, just hours before the first round of the 2022 Upper Deck Draft.

In exchange for the striker, the Blackhawks receive the seventh overall pick in the 2022 draft, the Senators’ second round pick (39th overall) and a third round pick in 2024.

Alex DeBrincat it was our number one goal, no doubt. For us he is a player who brings character, knows how to count and wants to win.

“He knows we are a growing team, a growing team. She was very happy to join us. “

DeBrincat has 78 points, including 41 goals, in 82 games this season. The 24-year-old winger has one season left on the $ 19.2 million ($ 6.4 million annual average) three-year contract he signed on October 3, 2019.

Dorion has yet to speak to DeBrincat’s agent, who may become a limited free agent at the end of his contract, but hopes he can get along with his new long-term striker.

Debrincat will be able to benefit from a contract extension starting from 13 July.

In Ottawa, DeBrincat will be led by coach DJ Smith, who he faced in the junior ranks. Dorion said that Smith had launched the possibility of pairing DeBrincat with Tim Stützle.

“DJ tells us that in addition to being able to score goals, he thinks he has a sense of the game that is completely out of the ordinary,” said Dorion. He is able to play in tight spaces. “

With this exchange, the senators have no choice until the end of the second round, the 64th overall. Dorion indicated that the defender Thomas Chabot had to announce the team’s first round choice, but that he wasn’t too disappointed that he didn’t complete the task.

Speaking of disappointment, Dorion said her amateur scouts would have liked to make a choice in the first round, but they understood perfectly why the team made the switch.

“My scouts told me they had a clause in their contract that would give them a bonus for making the playoffs … they told me they couldn’t wait,” joked Dorion.

The Senators missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fifth consecutive season by virtue of their record of 33-42-7.

Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said on June 29 that he was not closing the door on DeBrincat trading.

“There are some players who are untouchable by virtue of their contractual status. These are the achievements these players have earned. We will respect that, ”commented Davidson. “But we’re in a position where we listen to (the offers). I think it would be illogical to do otherwise. “

Davidson had also indicated that he was looking into his options to acquire a first-round pick this year.

“We don’t have one right now and it would be nice to have one, but we’re not going to force things,” he said. When you try to force things, that’s where you make mistakes. We’ll see if we can get our hands on a first-round pick, we would like. However, this may not be possible. “

The Blackhawks (27-42-11) did not qualify for the playoffs this season. They have only won one series – in the 2020 Stanley Cup qualifying round against the Edmonton Oilers – since winning the Stanley Cup in 2015 for the third time in six seasons (2010 and 2013). Davidson continues to believe it is a reconstruction that will bring the Blackhawks back to what made them so famous not long ago.

Second-round pick (39th overall) in the 2016 draft, DeBrincat has 307 points (160 goals, 147 assists) in 368 regular season games and six points (two goals, four assists) in nine playoff games.

“We thank Alex for his tireless dedication to organizing the Blackhawks over the past five seasons and wish him luck in Ottawa,” said Davidson. It was an extremely difficult decision to trade a player of this caliber. We believe this gesture sets the stage for the Blackhawks’ success in the future. Getting our hands on a first round pick tonight and another second round pick tomorrow allows us to strengthen our pool of prospects with some very talented players that we believe can make a difference for years to come. “

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