Cedric Paquette and Alex Galchenyuk were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes by the Ottawa Senators for Ryan Dzingel on Saturday.
Dzingel was selected by the Senators in the seventh round (No. 204) of the 2011 NHL Draft and the forward played four seasons for them (2015-19).
“It’s great,” Ottawa forward Colin White said of Dzingel returning. “It was awesome dealing with him as a younger player in the League, and to have him back now is going to be awesome. I shot him a text here just after the game and he’s super excited to get back too. It’ll be fun to have him back on our team. He’s a great kid.”
Dzingel scored four points (two goals, two assists) in 11 games this season. He has scored 171 points (76 goals, 95 assists) in 343 regular-season games with the Hurricanes, Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets, and four points (three goals, one assist) in 28 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“‘Zinger’ was a good player for us. It just wasn’t the right fit as far as finding him the right role,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “It just didn’t quite work out. Nothing against him. I thought when we did have him in the right role, he was fine.”
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Paquette scored one goal in nine games this season. The forward was acquired by Ottawa on Dec. 27 with defenseman Braydon Coburn in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, with whom he won the Stanley Cup last season.
“You want to surround yourself with winners,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell told the team’s web site. “Once you taste winning at any level, particularly at our level winning the Stanley Cup, there’s nothing like that.
“He knows his role, and he plays the game hard. It’s something we felt we needed to add to our group, particularly to our forward group. We score goals. We’re not worried about goals; we’re worried about defending and being tougher to play against, and he matches that up real well.”
Selected in the fourth round (No. 101) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Paquette has scored 86 points (48 goals, 38 assists) in 386 regular-season games with the Senators and Lightning, and 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 91 playoff games.
“He’s in on the forecheck, he hits and he plays that hard-nosed game. I’m excited to have him,” Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook said. “To have that heavy fourth line, that’s something that’s crucial.”
Galchenyuk, a forward who signed a one-year contract Oct. 28, scored one goal in eight games this season. He was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes on Sunday and remained in Ottawa waiting to see if he is claimed by another team.
The No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft, Galchenyuk has scored 321 points (136 goals, 185 assists) in 557 regular-season games with the Senators, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens, and 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 32 playoff games.
“It’s hard with this COVID lineup,” Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said. “You have so many bodies and guys don’t get in to play. Two guys go out that hopefully get an opportunity somewhere else, and Ryan Dzingel, who the fans know, will give us some much-needed speed and be able to push some guys for minutes, and make us a bit of a faster club. …
“It’s a tough situation for [Galchenyuk] because we have young guys in front of him that I feel that I have to develop and give opportunities to. And obviously we want young guys to work for everything they get, but in saying that, a guy like [Tim] Stutzle and Brady [Tkachuk] on the left side, and then you’ve got Nick Paul who’s been arguably one of our best players wire to wire, those are three guys who were ahead of him on the left side.”
Dzingel will have to satisfy quarantine requirements before being available to play for the Senators due to coronavirus issues related to the United States-Canada border.
Paquette could play Monday when the Hurricanes host the Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-O, NHL.TV) because he is driving straight through from Ottawa to North Carolina, according to the Hurricanes’ website.
“If they’re either driving with no hotels or flying private, there’s no quarantine necessary,” Waddell said. “We think we could have them pretty immediately.”
NHL.com staff writer Tim Campbell contributed to this report