February 13, 2018 | 9:20pm ET [Updated 9:35pm ET]
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SENS TRADE PHANEUF, THOMPSON TO KINGS FOR GABORIK, SHORE

 
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Dion Phaneuf, defenceman

 

The Ottawa Senators have traded defenceman Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Tompson to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore.

The Senators have retained 25 percent of Phaneuf’s remaining contract.

Speculation picked up during Tuesday night’s hockey games when Phaneuf was pulled from the Senators’ game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to start the third period.

The Kings have had interest in Phaneuf going back to 2015 when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“Dion brings to our club a great deal of experience and leadership.  He also plays with a physical edge which complements our line-up well.  Nate has a good reputation of being a high-energy player on the ice.  Both guys are also high character guys,” said Kings GM Rob Blake.

Phaneuf, 32, entered tonight’s Ottawa-Pittsburgh game having played in 955 career regular season games.  He has recorded 133 goals and 345 assists for 478 points and 1,277 penalty minutes in his career with the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators.

This season, the Edmonton native, he picked up three goals and 13 assists for 16 points and 34 penalty minutes.  
 
A three-time All Star in 2007, 2008 and 2012, Phaneuf was originally drafted ninth-overall by the Flames in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
 
Thompson, 33, has registered 52 goals and 70 assists for 122 points and 309 penalty minutes in 593 career games with the Senators, Lightning, Ducks, Bruins and Islanders.
 
The native of Anchorage, Alaska, has recorded four goals and seven assists for 11 points and 10 penalty minutes this season.

He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the sixth-round (183rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Phaneuf and Gaborik were both ranked on TFP's Top 30 Available Players List.