The B's have been connected to Stone, who will be come an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. "And if we traded Artemi Panarin for draft picks, (they'd) say 'they don't want to win now.' So it's just one of those things - you're damned if you do and damned if you don't". Columbus also receives minor leaguer Julius Bergman.
Duchene, who is also a free agent this summer, said he has no intentions right now about what he might do regarding an extension, but Kekalainen said he has "accepted the risk that [Duchene] could just be a rental".
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was initially considered a seller leading up to the deadline.
Defenceman Cody Ceci, who has been rumoured to be on the move as well before Monday's trade deadline, agrees.
The 23-year-old goes to Ottawa with 11 goals and eight assists (19 points) in 53 games this year.
For the second time in his career, Matt Duchene played his first game after being traded against his former team. No, Sergei Bobrovsky hasn't been traded, but they've landed veteran Keith Kinkaid from the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round pick in 2022. He has accumulated 22 goals and 44 points in the 57 games he's appeared in this season. The Senators returned LW Darren Archibald and D Cody Goloubef to the AHL Belleville Senators and recalled RW Drake Batherson and C Logan Brown Friday...
Duchene was held pointless in his Blue Jackets debut, but found it fitting to be playing his first game with his new club at Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre. There has been speculation he might be traded.
He posted a 64-55-17 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and.906 save percentage in 151 career games with New Jersey since making his National Hockey League debut in 2012-13.
McQuaid, 32, was in the final year of a deal that carried an annual salary-cap hit of $2.75 million.
Overall, there were 20 trades completed involving 32 players, the fewest since 30 players changed teams at the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season's deadline. "He was part of this team's eventual transformation since he took over a regular role in 2014-15 and we greatly appreciate his efforts over his time here".
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