The Ottawa Senators have traded pending unrestricted free agent Matt Duchene and defenceman Julius Bergman to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson, a 2019 first-round pick and a conditional 2020 first-round pick.
The conditional first-round pick will go to the Senators if Duchene re-signs in Columbus and the 2019 pick is only protected if it lands in the top three of June’s draft. Should the 2019 pick be protected and Duchene re-sign in Columbus, the Ottawa will receive the Blue Jackets’ first-round picks in 2020 and 2021.
The 28-year-old Duchene has 27 goals and 58 points while playing in 50 games this season.
Duchene, who was selected in the first round (third overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Avalanche, has 228 goals and 535 points in 704 career games.
Bergman, 23, has six assists in 33 games with the Belleville Senators this season. He was acquired from the San Jose Sharks last June as part of the trade that sent Mike Hoffman the other way.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Sharks.
Abramov, 20, has 12 goals and 22 points in 52 games with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters this season. He was selected in the third round (65th) overall of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Blue Jackets.
Davidsson, 21, has 10 goals and 20 points in 35 games with Djurgardens IF in Sweden this season. The winger was selected in the sixth round (170th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft.