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Ottawa deals for Kopacka

Defenceman Christian Jaros has been given a change of scenery by the Ottawa Senators. Sent down to the Senators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville at the end of training camp, the 24-year-old Jaros was dealt to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in exchange for forward Jack Kopacka and a seventh-round draft pick in 2022. The Sharks had acquired him earlier in the day from the Anaheim Ducks. Kopacka, 22, had seven goals and eight assists for 15 points last season with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego. He also spent time with Anaheim’s ECHL affiliate in Tulsa, where he had four goals and four assists in five games.  A graduate of the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds, Kopacka, who was born in Michigan, was drafted No. 93 overall by Anaheim in 2016. He has 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points in 69 career AHL games. He was assigned to Belleville by Ottawa, but will have to do a 14-day quarantine before being able to skate with that team. This will be a good move for Jaros. He didn’t have much of a future in the Ottawa organization. He signed a two-way deal in the off-season and the fact he was not on the taxi squad was a strong indication of where he stood. Jaros may have a chance to suit up for the Sharks this season. “Christian is a big right-shot defenceman who plays a physical game,” San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said. “He is a young player with 76 games of NHL experience so far and has the ability to grow his game.”

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