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Dion Phaneuf My Be Headed To The LA Kings

 

added 9:35pm,

 

 

added 10:20pm, LAK release is below.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Dion Phaneuf and center Nate Thompson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced tonight.

Phaneuf, 32, entered tonight’s Ottawa-Pittsburgh game having played in 955 career regular season games.  He has recorded 478 points (133-345=478 points) and 1,277 penalty minutes in his career.  This season he has 16 points (3-13=16) and 34 penalty minutes.  He has also played in 51 career playoff games.

A three-time All Star in 2007, 2008 and 2012, Phaneuf was a member of the NHL All-Star Team (first team) in 2007-08 and a member of the NHL All-Rookie Team (first team) in 2005-06.  Four times in a season he has played in all of his club’s games and he is sixth among all active players in penalty minutes.  He has played with Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa in his career.

The 6-4, 225-pounder is from Edmonton, Alberta.

Thompson, 33, has played in 593 career games.  He has recorded 11 points (4-7=11) and 10 penalty minutes this season.  In his career with the Senators, Lightning, Ducks, Bruins and Islanders he has 122 points (52-70=122) and 309 penalty minutes.  He has also played in 58 career playoff games.  

The 6-1, 214-pounder is from Anchorage, Alaska.

“Dion brings to our club a great deal of experience and leadership.  He also plays with a physical edge which complements our line-up well.  Nate has a good reputation of being a high-energy player on the ice.  Both guys are also high character guys,” said Blake from Los Angeles.

“We also wish Marian and Nick well.  Marian has enjoyed a tremendous career to date and has played an integral role with our team over the years including a Stanley Cup Championship.  Nick is a hard-worker who came up through our system and has developed into a solid NHL player.”

The Kings are in the midst of a season-long seven-game road trip.  The club played tonight in Carolina and next plays in Pittsburgh on Thursday.  Phaneuf is currently in Pittsburgh.  Thompson missed tonight’s game due to injury and is expected to travel to Pittsburgh soon to join the Kings.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Whoa! Big splash to kick off the trade deadline!

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/13/18 at 09:23 PM ET

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Sorry so isn’t Toronto already paying half? If Ottawa pays 25% is LA only paying the other 25%? Or is Ottawa only paying 25% of their 50% they were paying for his salary?...confused

Posted by RussianRocket10 on 02/13/18 at 10:03 PM ET

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CapFriendly has Ottawa on the hook for 1.75 mil and Kings the rest.

https://www.capfriendly.com/players/dion-phaneuf

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/13/18 at 10:11 PM ET

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Ahh makes sense now thx.

Sucks to be Gaborik.

Posted by RussianRocket10 on 02/13/18 at 10:17 PM ET

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Rea arranging the chairs on the Titanic.  LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 02/13/18 at 10:27 PM ET

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Wonder if that portends a Doughty move…

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 02/13/18 at 11:05 PM ET

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Big question…. Dion played the Pens as a Senator Tuesday night. Does he play them again Thursday night as a king?!?!!

Posted by HOCKEY30 on 02/13/18 at 11:12 PM ET

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Wonder if that portends a Doughty move…

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 02/13/18 at 11:05 PM ET

no

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 02/14/18 at 01:42 AM ET

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Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 02/14/18 at 01:42 AM ET

Thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 02/14/18 at 01:45 AM ET

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Thanks for clearing that up.

You need more than that?  OK, LA picking up a second-pairing defenseman portends nothing about them possibly trading their #1 defenseman, who still has a year left on his deal.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/14/18 at 08:36 AM ET

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I truly do not understand why Ottawa takes Gaborik instead of picks or good prospects. Especially since they don’t have a first or second round pick this year.

Gaborik does not make them a contender.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/14/18 at 08:44 AM ET

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I truly do not understand why Ottawa takes Gaborik instead of picks or good prospects. Especially since they don’t have a first or second round pick this year.

Gaborik does not make them a contender.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/14/18 at 08:44 AM ET

Because Gaborik has 4.8mil cap hit, so salary had to get out of LA. As far as why would Sens take him, I would not be surprised if they flip him to another team before the deadline for picks and prospects.

Posted by George0211 on 02/14/18 at 09:11 AM ET

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no

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 02/14/18 at 01:42 AM ET

The best answer. lol

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/14/18 at 09:12 AM ET

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Because Gaborik has 4.8mil cap hit, so salary had to get out of LA. As far as why would Sens take him, I would not be surprised if they flip him to another team before the deadline for picks and prospects.

Well, yeah, LA definitely had to move some salary.  But Gaborik doesn’t really have a flip-able contract…at least not the type that a team is going to pick up mid-season (http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/ottawa-senators/marian-gaborik-1786/).  He’s under contract until 2021, at which point he’ll 39.  And it’s not like he’s going to bring a lot of value to many teams.  He’s oft injured with declining production. 

It just makes no sense.  It seems like every day the Sens do something that makes no sense at all.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/14/18 at 09:22 AM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 02/14/18 at 09:22 AM ET

Then we have to look at the other piece of this trade, Thompson and Shore.

Posted by George0211 on 02/14/18 at 09:31 AM ET

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Both look comparable stat wise, except Nick Shore is 25 and Thompson is 33.  Thompson is under contract until next season, while Shore is an RFA after this year.

Given age, Shore has more upside but statistically he looks like just about any other player who plays on the 3rd or 4th line.  Not like Ottawa is getting a potential 20+ goal scoring prospect.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/14/18 at 09:39 AM ET

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Frank Seravalli of TSN,

On the surface, the swap might seem like a head-scratcher, especially since Gaborik has missed more than one-third of his games over the past five seasons. Phaneuf is three years younger and has two more points than Gaborik this year.

But a deeper dive into the numbers reveals that the Senators will save approximately $5.5 million (US) in real cash between now and 2021 as a result of the transaction – even factoring in the money retained on Phaneuf.

That had to be the key to the deal, after Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk hinted during his December rant that the Senators needed to shave salary. He said a $68 million payroll was “way too much over a revenue base that we have” and he was tired of bankrolling team operations.

“How long can you underwrite a team?” Melnyk said on Parliament Hill. “Like, literally underwrite. Write a cheque. I have it. But I’m not going to blow a lifetime of working hard to support a hockey team. It’s not going to happen.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/14/18 at 09:48 AM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/14/18 at 09:48 AM ET

Well, that explains it, thanks Paul

Posted by George0211 on 02/14/18 at 09:50 AM ET

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Still though, LA has 3.3 mil in cap space right now so they aren’t in a position where they HAVE to unload an expensive contract.  If I’m as cheap as Melnyk, I’d be pushing for a Kyle Clifford type in return (1.6mil/yr) and more importantly some picks.  Not Gaborik with a 4.9 mil salary while still retaining 25% of Dion’s.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/14/18 at 10:02 AM ET

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You need more than that?  OK, LA picking up a second-pairing defenseman portends nothing about them possibly trading their #1 defenseman, who still has a year left on his deal.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/14/18 at 08:36 AM ET

Yes, I needed more than that. Like, a discussion between adults (I’ve seen it happen in this forum, so I know it’s possible). So thanks!

Doughty has suggested that he can’t wait to get to UFA, and there was some speculation that he might get traded. But that got buried when Karlsson said something similar, and Ottowa trading him would be a bigger story than Doughty being traded by LA. LA has aslo climbed up the standings since all that went down, so it’s less likely. I didn’t say it was probable, I just brought it up, in light of what Doughty has said this season.

The Hockey Central guys also speculated that the Sens were likely to buy out Gaborik (assuming they can’t trade him in the next two weeks), as this wasn’t a cap room saving trade, it’s a save Melnyk money trade.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 02/14/18 at 01:05 PM ET

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