Isles trade Andy Sutton to Ottawa; 2nd-round draft picks a hot commodity

Apparently all you need to make a reasonable trade these days is a
second round draft pick.

While the going guess was that Aaron Ward
would be the defenseman headed to Ottawa, the
Senators have instead added veteran blueliner Andy Sutton
, sending a
2010 second-round draft pick to the New York Islanders.

Sutton is
in the final year of his contract, and is in the midst of his best
season since 2006. He’s the depth and veteran presence the Senators are
needing, although he’s appeared in just one playoff series in his

So the question is: are the Senators done? They could
still use some playoff experience on defense, although just adding
Sutton certainly balances up the blue line more than before. Of course,
they won’t be able to add anymore salary without giving anything up;
just trading away a draft pick won’t be enough.

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”