Does Bryan Murray have a hotline to Phoenix, or do the Coyotes just like picking up Sens' players who've worn out their welcome? After dumping Alexei Kaigorodov for Mike Comrie in 2006-07 and then Brian McGrattan for a draft pick in the summer of 2008, the Sens traded disgruntled Russian prospect Alexander Nikulin to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenceman Drew Fata.
Is Fata the answer to the Senators' defensive problems? Quite simply, no. He was drafted in 2001 and has played 8 NHL games since then. He does add some depth to the B-Sens d-corps, however, which may indicate another trade. If not other trades come, at least Bingo is in better shape defensively.
Will SputNik actually play for the Coyotes? Who knows.
(via Sens Chirp)