USATSI_9799105_154158418_lowresThe Vegas Golden Knights have traded defenceman Marc Methot to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goaltending prospect Dylan Ferguson and a second-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Methot has two years to go on his current contract.

“He was a guy that we had kind of targeted if he had become available he’d be a good fit for us,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “We’d been talking through [the 2017 draft] and the last couple days and it came to fruition today.”

Dallas’ D has been looking for a boost since struggling in 2016-2017, allowing 3.17 goals against per game.

32-year-old Methot registered a dozen assists and was a plus-13 in 68 games for the Ottawa Senators this season and should add a veteran presence to a young group in Texas. The Stars have four players under or at the age of 25 going into next season, including John Klingberg and Julius Honka.

Methot saw plenty of ice time with top defenceman Erik Karlsson in Ottawa, so he’ll have a lot he can teach the youthful core in Big D.

The Golden Knights selected him as part of the expansion draft after he spent the past five seasons in Canada’s capital. Vegas flipped him rather quickly, however, which speaks to their MO of piling up draft picks and prospects.

Methot has a modified no-trade clause on his contract and the Stars were part of his list of 10 teams he was willing to accept a trade to.

“He comes in and fills that void we’ve been looking for,” Nill said. “We were looking for a veteran presence, a stabilizing player. He’s been through the League and just went to the third round of the playoffs. He’s going to help our young defencemen and it’s going to create competition with our group of players. In the end, it’s about having the best players on the team you can to win.”

As for Ferguson, the Golden Knights are getting a goaltender the Stars picked in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He posted a 2.74 goals against average with a .922 save percentage in 31 games with the Kamloops Blazers last season.

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