|2018 Season||July 1st, 2018|
|Ian Cole||D||29||47||3||13||$2.1 mil||0||UFA|
|2020 3rd Round Draft Pick|
The Senators are in full wheeling and dealing mode, as the acquisition of defenseman Ian Cole was nothing more than a paper transaction. Three days after they acquired the defenseman in the Derick Brassard deal, they were able to flip him to Columbus for a prospect forward and a 3rd round pick in a couple of years. For being the first pool relevant deal of the day, it doesn't really come across as much.
The Blue Jackets do add another key piece, which should help them deal with Jack Johnson's trade situation at the moment. Getting another strong defenseman for their playoff run was certainly key.
For Neil, this probably could work out okay for him. Cole won't be getting a ton of top minutes, especially with Seth Jones and Zach Werenski doing all the heavy offensive lifting from the back end, but Cole should provide a pretty solid veteran influence back there.
Neil's team opens up the week 12 points out of 14th place, a very reasonable goal for his team to hit before the end of the year.