By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The trade was announced late Saturday night. The second-round draft pick that comes to the Coyotes was previously acquired in a trade by the Senators with the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 23, 2019.
“On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to thank Derek for everything he did for the Coyotes the past three seasons,” Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong said in a statement. “Derek is the consummate professional and a class act. We wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
The 30-year-old Stepan was a second-round draft pick by the New York Rangers in the 2008 NHL Draft. The Senators will be his third NHL team, as he previously played seven seasons for the Rangers and the aforementioned last three seasons for the Coyotes.
This is the second time that he has been involved in a trade. On June 23, 2017, he was traded by the Rangers to the Coyotes for Anthony DeAngelo and Arizona’s first-round draft pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
In his playing career, he has appeared in 515 games. He has 128 goals and 232 assists for 360 points. He also has a 130 +/- and a 93 PIM.
He has scored 93 even strength goals. Stepan also scored 29 power play goals.
In addition, seven of his goals were short-handed. Plus, he had 25 game-winning goals.
During the 2019-20 season, he had 10 goals in 70 games. He also had 18 assists for 28 points.
Stepan has not scored more than 20 goals in a season twice. He had a career-high 22 goals during the 2015-16 season, while he also had 21 goals as a 20-year-old rookie during the 2010-11 season.
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