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Nilsson, Archibald traded to Senators by Canucks for McKenna, Pyatt

Exchange of backup goalies, forwards comes hours before teams play in Ottawa @NHLdotcom

Anders Nilsson and forward Darren Archibald were traded to the Ottawa Senators by the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday for Mike McKenna, forward Tom Pyatt and a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Canucks and Senators play at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN, SN360, NHL.TV). Nilsson had been expected to be the backup goalie for the Canucks and McKenna the backup for the Senators.

"We've been talking about this for a while now," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "This is a deal for us that gives us flexibility and gives us options moving forward."

Nilsson, 28, is 3-8-1 with a 3.09 goals-against average and .885 save percentage in 12 games. He made 19 saves in a 4-0 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

Selected by the New York Islanders in the third round (No. 62) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Nilsson is 39-54-13 with a 3.07 GAA, a .905 save percentage and four shutouts in 117 games with the Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Islanders.

Archibald, 28, had two points (one goal, one assist) in nine NHL games. He was sent to Utica of the American Hockey League on Nov. 26 and has 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 23 AHL games. He has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 52 games in three NHL seasons, all with Vancouver.

"We felt this was an opportunity to upgrade our organizational goaltending by adding a big, mobile goaltender that has had success in the League," Senators GM Pierre Dorion said. "Anders is a player we've had on our radar, and we feel he'll be able to step in and play games for us right away. Darren is a hard-working player who will be a quality addition to our team in Belleville (of the AHL) and also provides us NHL depth.

McKenna, 35, is 1-4-1 with a 3.96 GAA and .897 save percentage in 10 games this season. He last played against the Islanders on Dec. 28, making 33 saves in a 6-3 loss.

The Senators are McKenna's sixth NHL team, and he is 7-16-3 with a 3.58 GAA and .892 save percentage in 34 games.

Benning said McKenna would be the backup against the Senators and against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, but goalie Thatcher Demko soon would be recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League.

Demko, a second-round pick (No. 36) in the 2014 NHL Draft, is 7-5-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .909 save percentage in 15 AHL games and is considered one of Vancouver's top prospects.

He's played one NHL game, making 30 saves in a 5-4 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 31.

"We've been patient with him, with his development," Benning said. "He's been down for 2 1/2 years now, he's playing really well down there now. We just felt like the foundation for his game is set and now it's time for him to move up here so we can get a look at where he's at versus NHL competition."

Pyatt, 31, has two assists in seven games. Selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (No. 107) of the 2005 NHL Draft, he has 101 points (43 goals, 58 assists) in 445 NHL games with the Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.

Benning said Pyatt would be assigned to Utica. correspondents Kevin Woodley and Callum Fraser contributed to this story

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