OTTAWA – Ottawa has traded a second-round draft pick in this year’s draft to the New York Islanders for defenceman Andy Sutton, a deal that Senators GM Brian Murray said was in the works for a few days.
“(Islanders GM Garth Snow) knew what he could get elsewhere and he was certainly fielding questions from other general managers,” said Murray. “At the end of the day he came back and we talked and I guess I owe him something or vice versa, but we were able to make the deal.”
Sutton, 34, has played in 54 games this season and has four goals and eight assists to go along with 73 penalty minutes.
He led the Islanders in hits and blocked shots. He has the second most blocked shots in the league with 153.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity,” Sutton said of joining the Senators, who went into Tuesday’s games atop the Northeast Division.
“Being an older player and getting a chance to play on such a great team and have a chance to win the Stanley Cup is a dream come true.”
Sutton is in his 11th season and has played in 567 career games.
Murray stated the trade was not a sign Ottawa would be busy around the deadline.
“I don’t think I’m going to be very active. You don’t have to have television cameras close by, I don’t think,” he said. “We wanted to get a little depth at the blue line and Andy fits that need. I wanted someone I could look up to, and I have to do that, but it doesn’t appear there’s much more going to happen but who knows at the end of the day what might be available.”
The draft pick the Islanders received was acquired by Ottawa in its trade last year with San Jose. The Senators got the second-round pick, Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo for Dany Heatley and Ottawa’s fifth-round draft choice in 2010.
“We felt that we had enough mobility to have a guy like Andy come in,” said Murray. “We’re fortunate we know him fairly well through a couple people that have worked with him and been around him. He is a good guy, he’s excited about coming here and I think he’s going to fit nicely.”