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Senators send Zack Smith to Chicago for Artem Anisimov

Senators' Zack Smith digs for the puck in the corner against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Senators' Zack Smith digs for the puck in the corner against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The summer of change continued for the Ottawa Senators.

And, as a result, one of the longest-serving Senators got caught up in the trade winds.

Trying to upgrade the lineup heading into next season, general manager Pierre Dorion sent forward Zack Smith to the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday afternoon in exchange for 31-year-old forward Artem Anisimov.

The decision to acquire Anisimov, a Yaroslavl, Russian native, gives the club more up front in the skill department. He had 15 goals and 37 points last season with the Hawks and will help Ottawa’s special teams. Not only did he see time on the power play with Chicago, he was also used on the penalty killing units.

Smith, who was drafted by the club In 2008 and cleared waivers at the end of training camp last September, has been on borrowed time with the organization. He is scheduled to make $3.25 million the next two seasons and the Senators have not seen the kind of offensive production they expect out of him.

“Artem is a big, competitive centre with excellent hands and playmaking ability,” said general manager Pierre Dorion. “He plays a 200-foot game and will contribute to our depth on both special teams. We’re acquiring an experienced player who can score and at the same time is responsible in his own zone. We really like how he will fit with the makeup of our team.”

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