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Minor League Deal and a Big UFA Signing

The Anaheim Ducks and the Boston Bruins made a 2-for-2 swap of minor leaguers, and the Ottawa Senators resigned one of their veteran leaders.

In the deal between the Ducks and Bruins, Anaheim added to their arsenal of pugilists, picking up Brian McGratton, who once had 551 PIM in a season with the AHL’s Binghamtom Senators. Sean Zimmerman also heads west to Anaheim. The 23 year old defenseman is joining his fourth NHL franchise, after being drafted by the Devils, then traded to the Coyotes, then the Canucks, the Panthers, the Bruins and now finally the Ducks. He has not yet played a game in the NHL and his AHL and junior numbers are less than impressive.

In exchange for the two, Boston acquired two forwards in David Laliberte and Stefan Chaput. Laliberte (24) put up 98 points in his final year of junior hockey with the PEI Rocket, and is now in his fourth season as a pro, and played 11 games as a member of the Flyers last year.

Chaput is in his third season in the minors, and has seen his numbers drop off significantly this year. Maybe a change of scenery will help out his game.

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Chris Philips stayed true to his word about wanting to remain a Senator through their rebuild and today signed a 3 year contract extension. The deal is believed to be worth $3M per season, which is a slight pay cut from the $3.5 he is currently making.

Phillips was one of the bigger name defenseman rumored to be available at the deadline, so it will be interesting to see if this jacks up the price for other UFA blue liners.

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