Bruins trades Zach Senyshyn for senatorial defender Josh Brown

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Josh Brown, a right-handed shooting defender, has appeared in 46 games for Ottawa this season.

The Bruins added some size and weight to their backline on Monday in a deal that sent prospect Zach Senyshyn, one of their three first-round draft picks in 2015, to the Ottawa Senators.

The trade brings in Josh Brown, a 6-foot-5-inch, 217-pound defenseman with a right-handed stick who has played 46 games with the Senators this season, with a modest 0-6-6 line.

Brown, a candidate to join the varsity roster, is on track to become an unlimited free agent in July. He has an expiring deal with a modest cap hit of $1.2 million.

The Bruins needed to address their toughness factor, and Brown could help with that. He has had a total of 11 fights in 165 NHL games, including three this season. Based on the evening’s opponent or the tone of a playoff series, his willingness to fight may play a role in his suitability as the third pair backliner.

Senyshyn, who asked to be traded earlier this season, was the No. 15 pick in the 2015 draft and never made a solid bid to crack the Boston roster. Given the sporadic opportunities with the varsity, he ran a meager 1-2-3 line in 14 NHL games.

Senyshyn scored 19 goals in his career this season at AHL Providence, where he toiled for five seasons, in hopes of a shot at Boston. Born and raised in Ottawa, he is now getting a fresh start in his hometown.

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