On the hockey front, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been making moves leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline. On Friday, they traded for Ottawa’s Matt Duchene. Then on Saturday—following a 4-0 win at home against San Jose—they made another move with the Senators.
And this time around, a former Buckeye returns to Ohio’s capital city.
CLB/OTT deal is Dzingel and Calgary7th (OTT owns) in 2019 for 2 2nds and Anthony Duclair— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2019
Ryan Dzingel, who played for Ohio State and forged his senior season in 2014, had an All-American junior season in 2013-14. He was the fourth Buckeye to be named First Team All-America, and the first forward to have that honor since Hugo Boisvert (1998). While donning the scarlet and gray, Dzingel accumulated 108 points. Appearing in 110 games, he scored 45 times and had a hand in 63 other goals.
Ottawa was the team that drafted Dzingel—and working his way up the hockey ranks, he was having a great 2018-19 campaign.
Dzingel, an Ohio State product, has had an ever-growing offensive presence since becoming a regular with the #Sens. He had 22-22-44 in 57 games with Ottawa this season. He’s one goal short of matching his career high.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) February 24, 2019
In order to get Dzingel and the seventh round pick, the CBJ traded Anthony Duclair and a pair of second round draft picks; one in 2020, and the other in 2021.
However, it’s not clear how long Dzingel will be a member of the Blue Jackets. According to hockey reporter Pierre LeBrun, there was no contract extension for the former Buckeye—and he may just be a rental for a playoff push.
Either way, welcome back to Columbus, Ryan!