It’s already happening.
Expansion comes at a cost, and this one stings.
After asking Dion Phaneuf to waive his no-movement clause; and getting turned down, the Sens had little other option — other than exposing another Forward.
If the choice was mine, that’s what I would have done.
My thinking is that Forwards are easier to find that shut down Defensemen. Lots of value in a player who can reliably and safely play big minutes in big games guarding off dangerous attackers like Evgeni Malkin, Sydney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron.
Stalwart veteran blueliner Mark Methot, a 5 year Ottawa Senator, has been selected by the new 31st NHL franchise…the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
We’ll see if they keep him, or flip him as an asset.
Sens Captain Erik Karlsson will feel this one in his gut.
Karlsson and Methot were gold together. Every team is losing a player today, but clearly this was not the result that the Sens brass was hoping for.
Especially if Las Vegas turns around and trades him to the Leafs!
Salt, meet wound.