Dose: Examining Phaneuf Trade

Dose: Examining Phaneuf Trade

There are plenty of games for us to cover tonight, but the biggest story didn’t directly involve any of them.  During Ottawa’s game against Pittsburgh, the Senators traded blueliner Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forwards Nick Shore and Marian Gaborik. It’s a trade that features two big name veterans whose best days are likely well behind him.  It also swaps two undesirable contracts as Phaneuf is inked to a seven-year, $49 million contract through 2020-21 while Gaborik has a seven-year, $34,125,000 deal through 2020-21.  Ottawa is reportedly retaining 25% of Phaneuf’s remaining contract, so while the Kings are still getting the bigger cap hit between the two, it has been substantially mitigated.

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