Northeast Division: Sens make senseless move for the here and now

Duff and Comrie are headed to Ottawa.

Duff and Comrie are headed to Ottawa.

What’s more criminal, paling around with organized crime members like the Montreal Canadiens or failing to recognize your team is out of the race and making deals for rental players like Ottawa did today.

In case you missed it, Senators general manager Bryan Murray today shipped veteran center Dean McAmmond and San Jose’s first-round pick this June to the New York Islanders for center Mike Comrie and defenseman Chris Campoli. James Gordon of the Hockey Capital blog has the story. Both McAmmond and Comrie are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this summer.

This is a deal that you’d expect a contending team in need of help up front and on the back end to make. Not the Senators, who are 11th in the Eastern Conference and 13 points out of the eighth spot.

MK: There are only two ways this trade makes sense for the Sens. They finally give up pretending their in a race and then trade Comrie for something better than a low first-rounder. Or they use Comrie’s ties to pop star Hilary Duff to line up a pregame concert series that distracts from the pitiful product on the ice on a nightly basis. I don’t see the Sens making a run, nor do I see either of the two above-mentioned scenarios playing out, so basically a team that’s playing out the string just picked up a rental player and sacrificed a first-round pick.

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