Dion Phaneuf, the last player to wear the C for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings from the Ottawa Senators last night in a trade for Marian Gaborik that could have been called a blockbuster back when Blockbuster was still open.
While the 29-year-old Smith has spent his entire pro hockey career with the Senators' organization after being drafted in the third round in 2008, his name has been among many that have been mentioned as potential options for deals before the National Hockey League trade deadline at 3 p.m. on February 26. This was about shedding contractual commitments, plain and simple, with the Senators set to save more than $5-million in actual dollars even while retaining 25 per cent of Phaneuf's remaining salary and cap hit.
He won a Calder Cup with Binghamton of the American Hockey League in 2011 and established himself in the NHL by earning the trust of Senators coaches. Phaneuf was a member of the NHL All-Star Team (first team) in 2007-08 and a member of the NHL All-Rookie Team (first team) in 2005-06.
All Smith can do is try focus on the job at hand. The Kings will arrive in Pittsburgh on Wednesday ahead of his debut against the same Penguins. "It's nothing that you can control". "As a player, those [runs] are what you play for".
Ignoring the noise is hard in this day and age.
"Everybody knew what was happening, there was no need to address it", said Boucher.
"We've just got to keep going", the reigning Hart Memorial and Art Ross Trophy victor said. If the Sens are going to keep Karlsson and Duchene and look to get back to respectability, then they'd be smart to sign Shore.
Karlsson also talked about how much Phaneuf helped him in his brief time with the team. He has been out the lineup recently due to a lower-body injury. He's also valuable because he's comfortable at centre or wing and he's good on faceoffs. It's a business decision that the Ottawa Senators wanted to move me and I respect that.
"The obligation of the team is to get the best deal possible". "Like you said, versatility is probably my biggest asset". Phaneuf's play was simply not good enough for the cap hit he came with and Ottawa desperately needs a refresh.
Phaneuf joined the Senators in the middle of the 2015-16 season in a trade with the Maple Leafs and spent parts of three seasons with the team, including their playoff run a year ago.
Thompson, 33, has played in 593 career games. He was plucked off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this season, but subsequently reclaimed by the Senators ... That is as big a win as any on the trade front. The trade also sees center Nate Thompson go to Los Angeles and Nick Shore head to Ottawa. Gaborik will wear No. 12 for the Senators, with Shore in No. 23 ... Clearly the Senators are not the team of year's past. Dorion indicated the Senators could recall a defenceman from Belleville.
GM Pierre Dorion just got a three-year contract extension, so he has the green light to drop the plunger on this team and start over. With points in three consecutive games, defenceman Mark Borowiecki will attempt to do something he hasn't in his career by extending that streak to four games against the Sabres ...
After logging just 10:50 of ice time, Dion Phaneuf headed to the locker room midway through the second period.