Derek Stepan was traded to the Ottawa Senators by the Arizona Coyotes for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
The 30-year-old center scored 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 70 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in nine postseason games with the Coyotes last season. Stepan can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
“Derek’s acquisition provides us with important stability at center heading into the season,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. “He plays a 200-foot game and has proven to be a reliable special teams player throughout his career. His addition to our lineup will also represent a valuable leadership presence within our group.”
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Stepan is the latest veteran acquisition for the Senators this offseason. Ottawa, which finished 30th in the NHL last season with a .437 points percentage, also added forwards Evgenii Dadonov and Alex Galchenyuk as free agents and acquired goalie Matt Murray and defenseman Erik Gudbranson in trades.
Selected by the New York Rangers in the second round (No. 51) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Stepan has scored 479 points (167 goals, 312 assists) in 739 NHL games with the Coyotes and Rangers. He has 54 points (20 goals, 34 assists) in 106 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Stepan was traded by the Rangers, along with goalie Antti Raanta, to the Coyotes for defenseman Tony DeAngelo and the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (forward Lias Andersson) on June 23, 2017.
“On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to thank Derek for everything he did for the Coyotes the past three seasons,” Arizona general manager Bill Armstrong said. “Derek is the consummate professional and a class act. We wish him and his family all the best in the future.”