LA Kings make blockbuster trade with Ottawa Senators

The Los Angeles Kings made a blockbuster National Hockey League trade with the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. The Kings acquired defenseman Dion Phaneuf and center Nate Thompson from the Ottawa Senators for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. 

Phaneuf was the first round draft pick, ninth overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In 52 games with the Senators in 2017-18, Phaneuf had three goals and 13 assists for 16 points and was a minus-7.

Phaneuf is in his 13th NHL season. In addition to playing for Calgary and Ottawa, he also played seven seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Phaneuf was an all-star with the Flames in 2007 and 2008 and with the Maple Leafs in 2012. 

Thompson, a checking line center, has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 43 games. A faceoff specialist, he has won a career high 56.3% of his faceoff attempts in 2017-18. In addition to the Senators, Thompson has also played for the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks. 

Gaborik, a right winger, has also played for the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets in addition to the Kings. So far this season, Gaborik has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 29 games. Gaborik also played his 1000th game for the Kings this season. Shore, a center, had four goals and 11 assists for 15 points with the Kings this season.

The Kings next home game at the Staples Center is on Feb. 22 vs. the Dallas Stars. For tickets please click here.