The Ottawa Senators have traded fourth line forward Curtis Lazar along with Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames for a second round pick and defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka.
The #Sens got a second and Jyrki Jokipakka for Curtis Lazar and Mike Kostka
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 1, 2017
Curtis Lazar Traded to Calgary Flames
Lazar has played in 33 games this season and has registered a “grand” total of one point. During his NHL career he has played in 176 games in which he has scored 12 goals and has a total of 36 points. He isn’t likely going to light the league up with the Flames, but he is nice depth to add to the squad.
The deeper analytics, however, point to the fact that Lazar has been extremely poor this season. His 39.8 CF% to the likely reason he’s being offloaded, in addition to his frustrating lack of offense and the fact that he’s not really needed in Ottawa. He sat in a fringe spot somewhere in the hockey purgatory between the AHL and NHL, and didn’t bring much this season to make a case to stay.
Despite the 2016-17 season not exactly going his way, Lazar has been able to have a relatively successful career to this point. Lazar is a serviceable bottom six forward, especially when he can produce like he did last year, where he had six goals and 20 points in 76 games. This may not be the greatest stat line of all time, but it’s surely not a bad one for someone sitting primarily on the fourth line.
The 21-year-old forward, who is a product of the Okanagan Hockey Academy, was taken 17th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Lazar is currently in the last year of a three-year, $3.855 million contract given to him before the 2014-15 season.