Today, the Ottawa Senators announced that they acquired Tommy Wingels from the San Jose Sharks for minor league wingers Zack Stortini, Buddy Robinson, and a 2017 seventh-round pick.
The San Jose Sharks had to make room on the roster for Tomas Hertl, who is coming off the injured list. The team cleared an additional $730K in cap space per CapFriendly.
Now, the 28-year-old versatile forward had spent his entire career with San Jose after being selected by the Sharks in the sixth round (177th overall) in 2008. In 337 games, he has collected 122 points (51 goals and 71 assists), and 968 hits.
The physical forward has been playing on the Sharks’ fourth line or as a healthy scratch this year. In 37 games the 2016-2017 campaign, the Illinois native has five goals and three assists, plus recording 61 hits. Interestingly, he has had at least 200 in each of the last three seasons. This man is a hitting machine.
In addition, Wingels is not exactly a top six forward at this stretch of his career, he does add grit and depth to Ottawa’s bottom six while providing some insurance in case someone goes down with an injury. He is only a couple of years removed from pair of 35+ point seasons. So maybe a change in scenery will give him a boost for the stretch run and help him boost his market this upcoming off-season.
Finally, Wingels is in the final year of his contract and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July. The Sharks will retain 30% of his $2.475 mil cap hit and $2.6 mil salary as part of the deal.