Fantasy Impact: Dion Phaneuf to the Kings for Marian Gaborik




Ottawa Senators ship defenseman Dion Phaneuf and center Nate Thompson to the Los Angeles Kings for Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore.


The Senators get: some cash and cap savings. Just over $5 million saved over the next three years, with cap savings of close to $1 million next season and close to $500 thousand in the ensuing two.


In terms of player assets, Gaborik is a 36-year-old former superstar whose body has worn down from injuries and to be honest is only in the NHL now because of his big name and bigger contract. He had 14 points in his first 22 games this year, so with proper implementation he still has the ability to help. I’d be surprised if he managed another 14 points this year though.

The 25-year-old Shore is an adequate checking-line player who can play center and chip in 30 points. He doesn’t have the physical style that suits him for that role though, and he only wins about 50% of his faceoffs (even less, this year so far).


The Kings get: a solid minute-munching rearguard in Phaneuf, with leadership and experience. And in Thompson they get a 33-year-old faceoff specialist and penalty killer who is humming along at a 56.3% success rate at the dot this year.


Fantasy Players Impacted: This trade was all about saving a bit of cash for the Senators, and upgrading the defense for the Kings. But there is definitely a trickle effect.

Phaneuf is a lefty shot who plays on the second power play. Drew Doughty is a right-handed shot, but Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez are left shooters like Phaneuf. So right now Doughty gets top PP time and that will continue. Muzzin and Martinez have had almost an even split of PP time, but Muzzin has been more successful. You may see Martinez get taken right off the PP unit altogether. I think Muzzin holds onto his spot with Doughty, but Martinez and Derek Forbort could be the ones who suffer. And