Trading Partners: Chicago Blackhawks Edition

The highlight is Chris Neil. You’ve been warned.

The Ottawa Senators have made 11 trades with the Chicago Blackhawks since the Senators re-entered the NHL in 1992. We delved deep into the Ottawa Senators’ trading past and analyzed all the transactions they have made with the Chicago Blackhawks in modern-franchise history.

1. Senators Acquire Rob Klinkhammer (December 2, 2011)

The most recent trade between the two teams was all the way back in December of 2011. The second trade between the two teams that year was far from a blockbuster, with the Blackhawks sending Rob Klinkhammer to Ottawa in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2013. Klinkhammer would go on to play 15 NHL games for the Senators that season, registering 0 goals and 2 assists over that timespan.

2. Blackhawks Acquire Chris Campoli (February 28, 2011)

Maybe the second biggest “blockbuster” deal between the two teams. The Senators shipped out defenseman Chris Campoli and a conditional 7th round pick in 2012 for Ryan Potulny and a 2nd round pick in 2011. The second round pick that went to Ottawa was ultimately traded to Detroit before the draft, in a deal that essentially saw Xavier Ouellet and Tomas Jurco going to the Red Wings for Matt Puempel (a trade that is considerably more exciting than the Blackhawks deal).

3. Senators Acquire Martin Lapointe (February 26, 2008)

The Senators would acquire Martin Lapointe in 2008 in exchange for a 2008 6th round pick, which would turn into Ben Smith. Lapointe would play 18 regular season and 4 playoff games for the team, before retiring the following summer. He put up 6 points during his tenure with the Senators. We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here, but things are about to get exciting (or depressing, depending on your perspective).

4. Farewell Martin Havlat (July 9, 2006)

Oh Martin Havlat, we hardly knew ye. Havlat played for the Senators between 2000-2006 and quickly became a fan favourite on the young Senators roster. At the time of the trade, Havlat was coming off a postseason with the Senators where he put up 13 points in 10 games for the team. During the offseason, he was shipped off to Chicago along with Bryan Smolinski in exchange for a smattering of players, including Michal Barinka, Josh Hennessy, Tom Preissing, and a 2008 2nd round pick, which turned into Patrick Wiercioch (who himself turned into an advanced stats machine, then turned into thin air).

5. Bye Bye Brandon Bochenski (March 9, 2006)

On March 9, 2006, the Senators sent Brandon Bochenski and a 2nd round pick to Chicago in exchange for Tyler Arnason. Arnason played 19 games for the Senators, collecting only 4 assists before going to the Avalanche the following season.

6. Chris Murray for Nelson Emerson (March 23, 1999)


7. Martin Prusek (March 12, 1999)

The first of two trades between the teams in March of 1999 saw the Blackhawks sending a 6th round pick to the Senators in exchange for Radim Bicanek. The 6th round pick would turn into Martin Prusek, who would play parts of three seasons with the club.

8. Justin Hocking for Brian Felsner (August 21, 1998)

The Senators acquired Brian Felsner in exchange for Justin Hocking. Neither would play a single game for the team that acquired them. In fact, Hocking only ever played 1 NHL game, barely outdone by Felsner with 12.

9. Chris Neil Comes to the Senators (September 24, 1997)

Probably the most impactful trade between the two teams happened in 1997, when the Blackhawks sent a 6th round pick to the Senators for Kirk Daubenspeck. The Senators would draft Chris Neil in the 1998 draft. Neil has remained a Senator ever since, and despite being hampered by injuries lately and his play declining, he has been a consistent contributor to the organization, both on and off the ice. This may the blockbuster deal between these two teams so far.

10. Denis Chasse for Mike Prokopec (March 18, 1997)

Again, umm…

11. The Very First Trade (March 11, 1994)

The very first trade between the two franchises came in 1994, when the Senators acquired Troy Murray and an 11th (yes, 11th) round pick for another 11th round pick that year. It wasn’t a big one, but it was the first in a long string of mediocre and quite frankly disappointing trades between the two teams.

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end! Keep an eye out for future trading partners to be featured; we promise future entries will be more exciting!


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