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Sports Kings acquire defenceman Dion Phaneuf in trade with Senators

15:26  14 february  2018
15:26  14 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

Why the Phaneuf trade works for Senators, Kings

  Why the Phaneuf trade works for Senators, Kings Why the Phaneuf trade works for Senators, KingsWhile both the Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings took the ice on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes, respectively, behind closed doors their respected general managers were busy cooking up a deal.

  Kings acquire defenceman Dion Phaneuf in trade with Senators © Provided by thecanadianpress.com Dion Phaneuf is on the move again as the Los Angeles Kings hope he bolsters their blue line for a playoff run.

Los Angeles acquired the veteran defenceman and forward Nate Thompson from the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. The Senators are retaining 25 per cent of Phaneuf's $7 million salary-cap hit, so the Kings get a top-four defenceman for $5.25 million over the next three-plus years.

"Dion brings to our club a great deal of experience and leadership," Kings general manager Rob Blake said. "He also plays with a physical edge, which complements our lineup well."

Phaneuf may be first of many Senators heading out the door

  Phaneuf may be first of many Senators heading out the door The cost-cutting has begun. There’ll be more of that from the Ottawa Senators before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, and probably even beyond it. Dion Phaneuf is just the start.The paring down has begun.

The 32-year-old Phaneuf was pulled from Ottawa's bench during a 6-3 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins with the trade being finalized afterward. The Kings visit the Penguins on Thursday, so he doesn't even have to leave Pittsburgh to meet up with his new team.

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"I'm excited to be going to the Los Angeles Kings," Phaneuf said. "It's going to be a real good experience for me to be able to join that team. ... I'm excited about the team that they have, where they're at in the standings and I'm going to go there and do my best to do whatever I can to help their team."

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  Senators' Dorion: Phaneuf trade a preview of 'a lot of things' to come A trade that sent Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings appears to be just the beginning of a change in Ottawa. This according to Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, who indicated he'll remain busy leading up to the Feb. 26 trade deadline and beyond.Related: Sens should make these 5 moves after trading Phaneuf for Gaborik"We're going to be doing a lot of things to make sure we can field as competitive a team as we can," Dorion said Wednesday, per Callum Fraser of NHL.com.

Phaneuf has 16 points in 52 games this season and 478 in 954 games during his 13-year NHL career with the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators. He was traded again almost exactly two years after the Senators got him from the Maple Leafs.

The timing of the trade was a bit unusual, though the fact he was dealt came as no surprise. After reaching double overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final last spring, the Senators are 19-27-9 and just three points out of last place in the Atlantic Division.

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"Everybody knows that things are going to happen," Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson said. "You just never know when it's going to happen or if it's going to happen. So, we wish him all the best ... going to L.A. I know personally he's going to do real well there."

Senators recall defenseman Ben Harpur

  Senators recall defenseman Ben Harpur The Ottawa Senators continued their busy week of roster shuffling Thursday, recalling defenseman Ben Harpur from their AHL affiliate. Ottawa traded rearguard Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday in exchange for Marian Gaborik, so a spot on the blue line needed to be filled. Harpur signed a two-year, one-way contract extension last week and has played in 20 games for the Senators this year, registering one assist in nearly 15 minutes of ice time. In 19 games with Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Belleville, he has two goals and nine assists.

Phaneuf joins a Kings team that's just outside playoff position in the Western Conference and goes from playing with Norris Trophy-winning defenceman in Karlsson to another in Drew Doughty. He should be an offensive upgrade on the power play, where Los Angeles is ranked 19th in the league.

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The always budget-conscious Senators save money even as they take on the 35-year-old Gaborik's contract, which has about $11 million left on it over the next three years. Gaborik is a buyout candidate after this season, a move that would be an additional help to Ottawa's bottom line.

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  Senators, Rangers face off with eye on trade deadline OTTAWA -- Matt Duchene is doing his best to keep his left winger in Ottawa Senators colors. While trade speculation has Mike Hoffman possibly on the move, he and Duchene have formed a fast and deadly duo, which was on display most recently in the Senators' 3-1 victory over Buffalo on Thursday.Duchene's third assist of the night helped set up Hoffman's overtime winner."I think we have a great group in here and it's not for me to speculate and make decisions, but we're playing really well together," said Duchene, who now has seven goals and 19 points in his last 18 games, while Hoffman has four goals in his past six games.

"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," Blake said.

Phaneuf signed this $49 million, seven-year contract when he was with Toronto on New Year's Eve 2013. He elected not to waive his no-movement clause last summer to be left unprotected in the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, a decision that cost the Senators defenceman Marc Methot.

Now Phaneuf is gone, too.

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"The business is the business," he said. "For me, it's a business decision that the Ottawa Senators wanted to move me, and I respect that."

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AP freelance writer Dan Scifo in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.

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Senators trade centre Derick Brassard to Penguins .
The Ottawa Senators are trading forward Derick Brassard to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Ottawa Senators are trading forward Derick Brassard to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sportsnet has confirmed. The full details of the transaction are unknown at this time.Brassard, 30, is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign. He has a salary cap hit of $5 million but is owed only $3.5 million in actual dollars over the final two years of his contract. The Senators are still expected to retain a portion of Brassard’s remaining salary as part of the deal.

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