By Jack Fenty
Senators Receive: Kings Receive:
Marian Gaborik (F) Dion Phaneuf (D)
Nick Shore (F) Nate Thompson (F)
Everyone around the NHL knew that Ottawa was going to sell approaching the trade-deadline. It has been a disastrous season for the Senators who were one goal away from making the Stanley Cup Finals last year. Ottawa has a record of 19-27-9 through a painful 55 games. The move to send Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings was to clear up cap space within the organization. Phaneuf has a cap hit of 7 million per year until 2020-21 season. Yes, Ottawa did retain 25 percent of his contract but that was the only way the Sens could have traded him. Ottawa also did gain two forwards in the deal; Gaborik and Shore. Gaborik has a cap hit of $4.9M per year until 2020-21 and Shore is a restricted free agent at the end of this season. I would not be surprised at all if the Sens now flip Gaborik because I do not see where he fits in the rebuild. Overall, this trade was specifically made to free up cap space for the rebuilding Ottawa Senators. This will not be the last trade we see coming from the Ottawa front this trade deadline season.
Phaneuf will play in the top two pairs which includes Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, and Alec Martinez. That is a pretty solid and tough top four for the Kings. The Kings are currently fighting for the third spot in the Pacific playoff picture. Phaneuf is a perfect fit for the LA Kings as they look to make a long playoff run.
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