Jarrko Ruutu has become the third Senator sent packing in less than a week.
The winger was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks Thursday in exchange for a sixth-round pick as the Senators continue to clean house before the trade deadline.
A looming unrestricted free agent on July 1, Ruutu has been dealt for the first first time in his career.
He knew his days were numbered in Ottawa and was looking forward to the chance to play for a contender.
Ruutu, 35, had two goals and eight assists this season in a limited role under coach Cory Clouston.
“It’s tough but if you don’t win there’ll be changes,” Ruutu said earlier this week. “If you win, the team stays intact. You can’t get too emotional.
“It’s been said out loud there’s only a few guys in here who won’t be moved. You have to expect it the way the season has gone so far. It’s not acceptable and everybody is in play. That’s just how it goes.”
Anaheim GM Bob Murray was pleased to get Ruutu.
“Jarkko is an effective, two-way player that we feel will help us down the stretch,” said Murray. “He’s the energetic, gritty type of addition we were looking for.”
The Ruutu move follows the trades of Chris Kelly to Boston Tuesday and Mike Fisher to Nashville last Thursday.
More to follow