The now former Senator is in his fourth NHL season and has 22 goals and 27 assists over 57 games this year. This move actually sends him back home, as he previously played for the Ohio State Buckeyes in college. He is now the fourth former Buckeye to play for the Blue Jackets from 2011 to 2014. On the other end, Duclair is entering his fifth NHL team since 2015. The 23-year-old was actually talked down by Jackets coach John Tortorella for "bad listening skills" after dealing him away.
Meanwhile, the New York Rangers made the tough move of dealing a fan favorite in Mats Zuccarello, doing so on Saturday night to the Dallas Stars for two conditional draft picks. The draft slots are a second-rounder in 2019 and a third-rounder in 2020, which was evidently enough to end the winger's nine-year tenure with the team. If the Stars make the third round of the playoffs, the second-round pick will become a first-rounder, while the third-rounder also becomes a first-round pick if Zuccarello re-signs with the Stars. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The Rangers gave Zuccarello a heartfelt goodbye on Twitter after the news of the trade, as the 31-year-old has 352 points in 509 career games. In 46 games this season, Zuccareello has 11 goals and 26 assists. He was signed as a free agent by the Rangers in May of 2010, and has numerous Stanley Cup Playoff appearances with them since then. Although, it was not the best start with the Stars on Sunday, as he made his team debut in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The newest Star went down with an injury after blocking a shot and did not return to the game. He is now expected to miss four weeks with a lower-body injury, which is a major blow in the tight playoff race within the Central Division.