Coyotes trade Stepan to Senators for 2nd-round draft pick

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The Arizona Coyotes have traded center Derek Stepan to the Ottawa Senators for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft.

Ottawa will trade a pick that was acquired from Columbus in a trade that featured Anthony Duclair.

In his third season with the Coyotes, Stepan scored 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) and 16 penalty minutes over 70 games and helped Arizona reach its first postseason appearance since 2012.

“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 Saturday night. “Derek is the consummate professional and a class act. We wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Stepan's three-year career with Arizona included 39 goals and 80 assists in 224 games as well as a veteran influence in the locker room. He will join an Ottawa team that finished 30th in the NHL with a .437 points percentage.

"Derek's acquisition provides us with important stability at center heading into the season," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He plays a 200-foot game and has proven to be a reliable special teams' player throughout his career. His addition to our lineup will also represent a valuable leadership presence within our group."

Stepan, 30, was selected by the New York Rangers in the second-round of the 2008 NHL Draft. He played in 739 games with the Rangers and Arizona and posted 479 points (167 goals, 312 assists) and 186 penalty minutes. He has also played in 106 Stanley Cup Playoff games with 54 points (20 goals, 34 assists) and 30 penalty minutes.