The Los Angeles Kings have made the first big splash of the NHL trade deadline, as they’ve acquired defenseman Dion Phaneuf and center Nate Thompson from the Ottawa Senators. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore are going back in return to Ottawa.
Ottawa will also retain 25 percent of Phaneuf’s salary. After this season, the defenseman has three more years left on his seven-year, $49 million deal that has a $7 million cap hit per season.
The Senators were midway through their Tuesday night game against the Pittsburgh Penguins when the details of the trade started to trickle in. The Kings were also in the middle of playing against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night when the trade was given the green light.
The 32-year-old defenseman has been on the trading block for the Senators as early as December, when Ottawa requested all of the team’s no-trade lists, including captain Erik Karlsson’s.
This season, Phaneuf has 16 points in 52 games with just three goals to his name. The defenseman has shown his age this year, as while he had 30 points in 81 games last season, he is set to have another down season.
Ottawa hasn’t had a stellar year either, as the team is seventh in the Atlantic Division with a 19-26-9 record coming into Tuesday evening. The team has been preparing to sell at the trade deadline, despite acquiring highly coveted forward Matt Duchene earlier in the season in an attempt to help their playoff push. Last season, the Senators were one win away from a Stanley Cup Final appearance.
Phaneuf, despite the offensive woes, is still a fine depth addition to the Kings lineup as they are on the outside looking in on a playoff spot. Also going to Los Angeles is Thompson, who has 11 points in 43 games this season for Ottawa.
In return, the Senators are getting veteran forward Gaborik, who has 14 points in 29 games this year with the Kings. The 35-year-old forward has had injury problems this season, however, that kept him out early in the year.
The last piece in the puzzle is Shore, who has put up 15 points in 48 games for the Kings. Both additions will add some offensive depth onto the Senators roster even in a lost season.