Kings acquire Phaneuf in 4-player trade with Senators

Ottawa Senators defenceman Dion Phaneuf gestures to people gathered around the boards during practice on the outdoor rink at TD Place on Friday Dec. 15 2017 in Ottawa. Phaneuf was traded to Los Angeles Tuesday

Kings acquire Phaneuf in 4-player trade with Senators

Phaneuf had three goals and 13 assists season in 53 games for the Senators. Gaborik has three years and about $11 million remaining on his contract, but he reportedly could be a candidate for a buyout during the offseason. He has also played in 51 career playoff games.

The rest of the Senators will hold their breath, though, over the next 12 days until the NHL's February 26 trade deadline. "This is an exciting time, I think, for our fans because we know we're going to do some good things or the organization will do a lot of good things and we're looking forward to it". "They are tremendous individuals that deserve the best". The Senators will retain 25 per cent of Phaneuf's contract as part of the deal. "For me, personally, it's a good situation". The Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings had been talking for some time about being dance partners, but the trade had to be right for both teams. The franchise has some nice young talent in defenseman Thomas Chabot and center Logan Brown, among others, and the team's freefall in the standings confirmed that change was needed. He was in the first year of a two-year deal that pays him $3.3 million.

Phaneuf's move to L.A. comes just two years and four days after he was acquired by Ottawa from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a blockbuster trade that saw nine players moved between the two teams.

With Pierre Dorion being signed to a three-year contract extension, owner Eugene Melenyk has given his blessing on a rebuild.

Stay tuned for more as the trading season is upon us. And the real fun could come this summer, since star defenseman Erik Karlsson will be a year removed from unrestricted free agency and skeptical about this franchise's future. Buffalo is a nice play here as they have a bit more flare than the Sens and Ottawa has been downright very bad so the Sabres as a dog is the play.

AROUND THE RINKS: Poor Brian Elliott. He has this season, and three more remaining on his contract. That likely puts the Flyers in the market for another goaltender. Our Town's Patrick Maroon is drawing trade offers as the Edmonton Oilers fall ever closer to mathematical death in the Western Conference playoff race. Nolan Stevens, the Blues' fifth-round draft pick in the 2016 draft, has scored 20 goals (and counting) during his senior season at Northeastern. The Kings are now playing the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ottawa is coming off a pair of 6-3 losses, the most recent of which was in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

The Sabres are 5-2 in their last seven playing on one day's rest and 18-45 in their last 63 road games while the Sens are 11-28 in their last 39 overall and winless in their last four against the Atlantic. They have been outscored 29-12 during their season-killing downturn. Ottawa goalies have been pulled 7 times so far this season, and Tuesday was the second time that it happened in back to back games. Rather than make a qualifying offer to goaltender Petr Mrazek - at a price exceeding $4.5 million for next season - the Red Wings may try to move him.

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