While we’re waiting on the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Kings made a move last night. In what’s shaping up to be a real pattern, they traded with the Ottawa Senators while both teams were in the midst of a game — the Kings in Carolina and the Senators in Pittsburgh. The relative proximity of these two road trips should make for an easy hand-off.
The Senators unloaded veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson in exchange for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. As part of the deal, Ottawa will retain 25% of Phaneuf’s $7 million cap hit through the remainder of his contract, through 2021. Gaborik is also signed through 2021, but at $4.9 million. The Sens will also exchange Thompson’s $1.7 million contract for Shore’s $925,000.
It’s a heavily financial move for the Senators, unloading Phaneuf’s contract. While the Kings lacked forwards early in the season, now that they have a healthy forward group, they can focus on improving their defense. The 32-year-old Phaneuf will be looking for time in the top-four D-corps.
Phaneuf did not play in the second half of the Senator’s loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, while Gaborik and Shore finished in their loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Thompson has been injured and has only played in four games since the start of 2018.
You can read more about the trade below, but first, here’s Sharks news and notes from around the web:
Hertl suffers injury as Sharks fall to Coyotes
Tomas Hertl left Tuesday's game against the Arizona Coyotes and didn't return after suffering an upper-body injury.
Sharks' O'Regan isn't paying attention trade rumors.
The Sharks are reportedly kicking tires on potential trades for Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens and Derick Brassard of the Ottawa Senators.
Sharks battle, Coyotes grind out the win | NBCS Bay Area
There would be no last-minute heroics on Tuesday as the Sharks could only muster one goal in a loss to Arizona.
Pavelski heating up thanks to recent line change | NBCS Bay Area
Peter DeBoer put together a new-look top line this month, and it's paying off big time for Sharks captain Joe Pavelski.
San Jose Sharks in the center of numerous trade rumors | isportsweb
With rumors swirling about as we close in on the trade deadline, the San Jose Sharks find themselves at the center of the action.
Which assets could Tomas Plekanec net from the San Jose Sharks? - Eyes On The Prize
The veteran centre could be used to add more than just a draft pick at the deadline.
And here’s what’s going on around the league and from PyeongChang:
Phaneuf traded to Kings by Senators for Gaborik, Shore
Dion Phaneuf was traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Ottawa Senators for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore on Tuesday.Forward Nate Thompson and Phaneuf, a defenseman, will go to Los Angeles.
Olympic Hockey 2018 Tournament Men's Groups, Bracket, Schedule and Odds | Bleacher Report
The allure of the Olympic men's ice hockey tournament may have dwindled due to the absence of NHL players, but it still carries intrigue...
Seattle makes official application for NHL franchise
Seattle has sent in its paperwork and a $10 million down payment as it looks to net the NHL's 32nd franchise.
Alex Ovechkin sarcastically thanks Gary Bettman for NHL Olympics decision
The relentlessly fun hockey site, hopelessly devoted to the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin. Our goal is to make hockey as fun about as it is to watch.
NHL - Why haven't any coaches been fired yet?
Coaching changes are ubiquitous in the NHL; over the past 11 years, teams have canned 34 bench bosses in-season. But this season -- the first that has gone this far without a switch since 1966-67 -- has been marked by an intriguing new trend: stability.
Could any other NHL teams announce a rebuild like the Rangers? - Sportsnet.ca
The New York Rangers did something rare last week by announcing themselves as sellers to brace their fans for taking a step back from being a contending team. How would that go over in other markets?
More minorities in officiating, coaching is NHL's next step | Boston Herald
Shandor Alphonso never envisioned his hockey career taking him to officiating. He didn't have to look far to see it was possible.
- Finally, let us take a moment to appreciate this tweet from former Shark Mirco Mueller: