The Vancouver Canucks have traded goaltender Anders Nilsson and forward Darren Archibald to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Mike McKenna, forward Tom Pyatt and a 2019 6th round pick.
The 28-year old Anders Nilsson was drafted 62nd overall in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft by the New York Islanders. He carries a $2.5 million salary cap hit.
The 28-year old Darren Archibald was undrafted. He carries a $650,000 salary cap hit.
The 35-year old Mike McKenna was drafted 172nd in the 6th round of the 2002 draft by the Nashville Predators. He carries a $700,000 salary cap hit.
The 31-year old Tom Pyatt was drafted 107th overall in the 4th round of the 2005 draft by the New York Rangers. He carries a $1.1 million salary cap hit.
Thoughts from the media
Patrick Williams: “McKenna’s AHL track record is proven This should help with Bachman out for the Comets. Archibald has been a mainstay in Utica for parts of six seasons, and this will give Belleville a good scoring presence.”
Brendan Batchelor: “Have to assume Tom Pyatt is on his way to Utica as he cleared waivers earlier today before the trade.”
John Shannon: “35 Year old Goaltender Mike McKenna joins his 7th NHL team…and will wear his 20th different pro hockey sweater in his next game.”
Luke Peristy: “Anders Nilsson has a .923 5-on-5 sv% over his last 65 games and has been let down by his powerplay numbers in Vancouver, so it’s possible that Ottawa actually did a smart by acquiring him.”