Dion Phaneuf: May be on trade block

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Smith has been linked to the Calgary Flames, but several National Hockey League teams are looking for a forward or two, including the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks.

But the Phaneuf deal was not of that mold - not when you consider that Ottawa swapped out one of its top-four defenceman for an oft-injured, 35-year-old winger in Gaborik, while also sending veteran centre Nate Thompson to Los Angeles and getting back Nick Shore. Ottawa will not only eat $5.25 million of the $21 million owed to Dion Phaneuf over the next three years, but pick up Gaborik's contract.

Nothing is official yet, but yanking the veteran blueliner from the game without an injury is a clear sign that Ottawa is serious about trading him to the Kings, who are in the midst of the playoff hunt. 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.

Thompson has four goals and seven assists in 43 games with the Senators this season. He was in the first year of a two-year deal that pays him $3.3 million. Gaborik will wear No. 12 for the Senators, with Shore in No. 23 ... 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. 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.

Shore was drafted by L.A. back in 2011 and has spent his entire career with the Kings. until now. "That's quite evident", said Smith, who has four goals and 10 assists in 41 games. But you have to wonder how these last few months might affect future talks with the captain, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2019.

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"He should fit into our defense well", Kings general manager Rob Blake said. "He also plays with a physical edge which complements our lineup well".

"I play left wing, I take a lot of draws, and I consider myself a pretty good faceoff guy and I can kill penalties". We also wish Marian and Nick well.

"To be honest with you, I want to thank the Ottawa Senators organization for my time with them, first and foremost, I have nothing but great things to say about the city of Ottawa, about the organization, about my time here", he said. I've always said: Players, not numbers. They are tremendous individuals that deserve the best. The Senators are in a near-hopeless position as they are 16 points out of playoff spot and they would have to climb over seven teams to make it. I've got fond memories of playing in Ottawa. Phaneuf took a lot of grief for a contract he signed with the Leafs, but he was a steady influence on the blue line and in the room and will be missed. But with saying that, I am very excited about where I am going, to the team I am going to, and about being a Los Angeles King. "I am going to go there and do the best I can to help their team". "For me, it's a business decision that the Ottawa Senators wanted to move me, and I respect that". It's a different situation. "I am not flying anywhere right now to meet them".

Phaneuf is being traded for the third time in his career.

The club played tonight in Carolina and next plays in Pittsburgh on Thursday. He has this season and one more on his contract.