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Dion Phaneuf is on the move again as the Los Angeles Kings hope he bolsters their blue line for a playoff run.Los Angeles acquired the veteran defenseman and forward Nate Thompson from the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. The Senators are retaining 25 percent of Phaneuf’s $7 million salary-cap hit Jeff Skinner Jersey , so the Kings get a top-four defenseman for $5.25 million over the next three-plus years.”Dion brings to our club a great deal of experience and leadership,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said. ”He also plays with a physical edge, which complements our lineup well.”The 32-year-old Phaneuf was pulled from Ottawa’s bench during a 6-3 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins with the trade being finalized afterward. The Kings visit the Penguins on Thursday, so he doesn’t even have to leave Pittsburgh to meet up with his new team.”I’m excited to be going to the Los Angeles Kings,” Phaneuf said. ”It’s going to be a real good experience for me to be able to join that team. … I’m excited about the team that they have, where they’re at in the standings and I’m going to go there and do my best to do whatever I can to help their team.”Phaneuf has 16 points in 52 games this season and 478 in 954 games during his 13-year NHL career with the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators. He was traded again almost exactly two years after the Senators got him from the Maple Leafs.The timing of the trade was a bit unusual, though the fact he was dealt came as no surprise. After reaching double overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final last spring, the Senators are 19-27-9 and just three points out of last place in the Atlantic Division.”Everybody knows that things are going to happen,” Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson said. ”You just never know when it’s going to happen or if it’s going to happen. So, we wish him all the best … going to L.A. I know personally he’s going to do real well there.”Phaneuf joins a Kings team that’s just outside playoff position in the Western Conference and goes from playing with Norris Trophy-winning defenseman in Karlsson to another in Drew Doughty. He should be an offensive upgrade on the power play , where Los Angeles is ranked 19th in the league.The always budget-conscious Senators save money even as they take on the 35-year-old Gaborik’s contract, which has about $11 million left on it over the next three years. Gaborik is a buyout candidate after this season, a move that would be an additional help to Ottawa’s bottom line.”Marian has enjoyed a tremendous career to date and has played an integral role with our team over the years, including a Stanley Cup championship,” Blake said.Phaneuf signed this $49 million, seven-year contract when he was with Toronto on New Year’s Eve 2013. He elected not to waive his no-movement clause last summer to be left unprotected in the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, a decision that cost the Senators defenseman Marc Methot.Now Phaneuf is gone, too.”The business is the business,” he said. ”For me, it’s a business decision that the Ottawa Senators wanted to move me, and I respect that.”—AP freelance writer Dan Scifo in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.— There are some upcoming 2019 NHL free agents that have some uniquely interesting twists to their current potential deals. Their stories are so unlike others that came before them Womens Justin Faulk Jersey , they are certainly worth watching.Each respective NHL free agent class tends to look one way when the season starts but very different by the time the NHL Trade Deadline or offseason comes. Some players will have signed their deals during the year, others will have worked themselves out of the conversation as top-tier UFA's. That鈥檚 not uncommon. The 2019聽group of upcoming free agents is a bit different.While in other years some of the biggest names could be off the market, this year, things are unique and that could make this season's watch on free agents fascinating. Here are the biggest names and most interesting stories to keep an eye on.advertisingErik Karlsson via NBC SportsAll summer, Karlsson's story was a dramatic one. There were rumors he wanted out of Ottawa and that the Senators were looking to trade him. But, Ottawa was having trouble getting the return they wanted until San Jose stepped up and offered an acceptable package. Karlsson was slated to become an unrestricted free agent and had he stayed in Ottawa, could have signed an extension right away. That's not the case in San Jose.According to the rules set forth by the NHL, Karlsson can鈥檛 sign an eight-year contract extension with San Jose until after the trade deadline. That's because he was traded in September (after his current team's most recent trade deadline.) Of course, an eight-year deal is part of the exclusive bonus a team has in re-signing its own player. But, because of the wrinkle in the CBA, there's no chance a deal is getting done soon and if San Jose struggles Justin Williams Jersey ,聽it could open a door to Karlsson thinking about other options.advertisingClearly,聽the Sharks acquired Karlsson with the intention of signing him long-term. That still may happen but that they couldn't do so right away is not exactly helpful for the team.Also interesting, but not often discussed is the tax implications of signing in certain cities. California teams pay significantly more in tax than a team like Las Vegas. That means what might be $12 million in Vegas needs to be $15 million in San Jose to equal the same takehome pay. Who knows if that's on Karlsson's mind.Artemi Panarin Aaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsPanarin鈥檚聽refusal to sign an extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets has been an interesting story to watch. Panarin insists it's not because he doesn't want to be in Columbus but that's the assumption by most who are following this saga. He's stating he's just not ready to make a commitment right now and then told the team he won't negotiate throughout the season. That's problematic for the Blue Jackets.advertisingThe聽organization is hoping they have a strong year and that it changes Panarin's mind but so far, things are status quo. If it stays this way, Columbus will have to decide if they keep Panarin for a playoff run or move him for a valuable return. If they keep him, there's potential he becomes the next John Tavares-like free agent. Meanwhile, Panarin isn't making this easy because he has nine points in his first six games.Not to be ignored, the Blue Jackets also have to worry about Sergei Bobrovsky who is rumored to be seeking the highest salary for any goaltender in the NHL this offseason.advertisingMatt Duchene via TwitterMatt Duchene has, what could be, a difficult decision to make. He's currently one of the Senators best players but Ottawa seems to be dropping strong assets like readers drop hard-copy newspaper subscriptions and one has to wonder why he'd want to stay with a team that is destined to be rebuilding and likely to lose 鈥?a lot.However, it is speculated Duchene likes Ottawa and his representatives have already begun talking with the Senators about an extension. Still Custom Florida Panthers Jerseys , one has to think Duchene will wait a while and see how the team is doing as the year rolls along. There will be talk most of the season about a Duchene deal but an extension probably won't be quickly forthcoming.advertisingHe's also rumored to want a pretty hefty raise and the Senators have proven their not keen on spending money.Eric Staal Via sportingnews.comIt's hard not to cheer for Eric Staal. At 33, he is rebounding in the NHL and having fantastic seasons as part of the Minnesota Wild roster. But, at his age, he's also a question mark for the team who has to decide if they want to re-sign him long-term and if their team is good enough as is to keep it the same.This next contract may be the last opportunity Staal has to make good money before he calls it a career in the NHL. As such, if the Wild are only looking at signing him to short-term deals until he falters and becomes a bargain again, he may move on. New Minnesota GM, Paul Fenton, may also be totally ok with that depending on how the team performs.advertisingFenton is rumored to like Staal, but he's also rumored to be ready to make sweeping changes in Minnesota after his first year is done as general manager.

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