Breaking Down Recent Trades Between Winnipeg Jets and Senators

Dany Heatley #15, Atlanta Thrashers. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Dany Heatley #15, Atlanta Thrashers. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Dany Heatley #15, Atlanta Thrashers. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The Winnipeg Jets made an interesting trade with the Ottawa Senators at the 2022 trade deadline. How have recent trades between these sides played out?

Looking back to March 21 during the NHL’s trade deadline for the 2021-2022 season, the Winnipeg Jets made an interesting deal with the Ottawa Senators.

The Jets acquired pending free agent forward Zach Sanford in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

There is still no telling whether the Jets won this trade and only time will tell if they did in fact. Some of the factors looking back on this trade to see who was victorious will be: What place did the Jets finish the season in? Did Sanford resign in Winnipeg? What the Senators did with the draft selection they got from the Jets- did they draft someone or did they make another trade?

It will be interesting to look back on this trade in a couple of years and see how it unfolded. With that being stated, it got me thinking, about what has happened in prior trades between Winnipeg and Ottawa.

This article will look at the three most recent trades between the Jets and Senators in chronological order with the most recent one being last and what happened after each of those trades.

Heatley to Ottawa for Hossa and de Vries

For the first trade, we have to turn the clocks back over 15 years ago to 2005 when the Jets franchise was located in Atlanta and they were the Thrashers.

In the offseason before the 2005-2006 season, Heatley requested a trade from the Thrashers who drafted him second overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Atlanta honored his request and traded their star forward to Ottawa in exchange for Marian Hossa and Greg de Vries.

Heatley made an outstanding impact for the Senators scoring over 100 points in each of his first two seasons with his new club. While Heatley was having success for the Senators, Hossa and de Vries were a part of a Thrashers team that struggled mightily.

After three seasons, Hossa left Atlanta at the 2008 trade deadline in a trade that sent Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to Pittsburgh for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito, and the Penguins’ 2008 first-round draft choice. Atlanta then drafted Daultan Leville with that pick.

de Vries played two seasons for the Thrashers before signing with the Nashville Predators and he went on to play two seasons with them before retiring.

Heatley went on to play four seasons in Ottawa before going to the San Jose Sharks for two seasons, the Minnesota Wild for three seasons, and finishing his career in 2014-2015 with six games with the Anaheim Ducks.

After seeing where the players in the Hossa to Pittsburgh traded ended up Armstrong played two seasons with the Atlanta Franchise while Christensen played two seasons with the Atlanta. On the other hand, Esposito and Leville never played in the NHL.