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Breakdown: Gibbons Traded To Ottawa
By Richard Gonzalez
As the fans were still digesting the trade earlier that saw Brandon Montour being sent to the Buffalo Sabres, the Anaheim Ducks announced they made another trade later last night. The Ducks traded Brian Gibbons to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Patrick Sieloff.
Gibbons signed a one-year, one million dollars with the Ducks on July 2, 2018. The 30-year-old was set to become a free agent after this year. Gibbons played in 44 games this season scoring five points (2 goals and 3 assists). Gibbons was recently sent down to the San Diego Gulls.
Sieloff was drafted in the 2nd round, 42 overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 draft. On June 27, 2016, he was traded from the Flames to the Senators in exchange for Alex Chiasson. Sieloff, 24, is a 6’0″, 205 pound left-shooting defenseman who has played in two NHL games scoring two goals. He scored a goal for each of his debuts for each of his teams. He is currently playing for the Belleville Senators where he has scored 9 points (1 goal and 8 assists) in 45 games. He also served as their alternate captain.
Sieloff is a defensive defenseman who is known for his physical presence coupled with his above average skating ability. He tends to take a lot of penalties and needs to play a more disciplined game. He is not going to rack up the offensive numbers but can be used as a shutdown type role. Sieloff signed a two-year deal with the Senators on May 22, 2018, totaling $1.4 million (700K AAV), and is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2019-20 season, per Cap Friendly.
This was not the biggest trade of the day but a trade that makes sense. Gibbons has not really panned out for the Ducks and has not produced. He was most likely going to walk this Summer so getting something for him is a win. Plus, Gibbons will have a lot more of an opportunity to play a bigger role for the Senators. We get a decent defenseman who is not known for offensive but has scored a goal a game in the NHL. He can help boost the depth down in San Diego especially with one of the Ducks other defensive players might earn a full-time row with the Ducks.
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