The Ottawa Senators have traded defenceman Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore.
The deal went down Tuesday night with the Senators facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Phaneuf left the ice during the game and many initially believed his departure was due to injury, but it turns out that he was traded.
The Senators are retaining a reported 25 percent of Phaneuf’s salary as part of the deal, which means they’ll still eat a pretty good chunk of change to dump the blueliner.
The 32-year-old is in the midst of a seven-year contract worth $49 million, which shakes out to $7 million a year. It carries a modified no-trade clause.
In 52 games with the Senators this season, Phaneuf has 16 points.
He’ll add some depth defence for the Kings and is a worthwhile pickup, especially in light of how much coin the Senators will eat.
“I want to thank the Ottawa Senators organization for my time with them. That’s first and foremost,” Phaneuf said after the game. “I’ve got nothing but nice things to say about he city of Ottawa, about the organization and about my time here.”
33-year-old Thompson signed a two-year contract with Ottawa in July of 2017 and was reunited with coach Guy Boucher, who he’d worked with in Tampa Bay. In 43 games with the Senators, the forward has 11 points.
Gaborik, a two-time Olympian with Slovakia, is in the middle of a seven-year deal worth $34.125 million. He’s paid $4.875 million a year.
Gaborik can still provide secondary scoring and has 14 points in 29 games with the Kings. Los Angeles reportedly really wanted to deal Gaborik, so his inclusion was considered essentially to pulling the trigger on the trade.
Shore is on a one-year deal worth $925,000 and has 15 points in 48 games.