Dion Phaneuf has already been traded three times during his career, but he will have a first Saturday afternoon when he takes on the Ottawa Senators : he has never played a match for which he was paid by the two teams.
“I had not thought to look at it this way, you’re the only one I have been thinking,” said the defender of the Los Angeles Kings to the representative of the Law after an off-ice training held at the sports Complex of the University of Ottawa.
In the framework of the exchange of 13 February that sent Phaneuf and centre Nate Thompson in Hollywood, the return of Marian Gaborik (injured) and Nick Shore (past Calgary shortly after), the Senators have agreed to pay 25 % of his salary of $ 7 million for the last three years.
The defender who was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs two years earlier had learned that he would have to move in the middle of a game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh. He had finished the first period at the end of the bench.
“It was a new experience. I suspected that something was afoot, but I didn’t know which team I had been exchanged before heading back to the locker room. This was not because I was playing so badly that it (he had been nailed to the bench), he blagué. In fact, I knew that something was coming, Pierre (Dorion, the d. g. of Senators) has been very correct with me. For that, I only wish as well to the organization of the Senators. I loved the time I spent here, the fans I have welcomed the arrival from Toronto, as the team and the players. Ottawa will always remain a special place for me, it is here that my daughter (Zaphire) is born. And I’ll always remember our series 2017 when we moved to a purpose close to reaching the final. “
During his two years in Ottawa, Phaneuf has been the partner of Cody This and he was an assistant captain Erik Karlsson, with whom he had established a good relationship. This last is party in September, joining California, with the San Jose Sharks. The Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, Alexandre Burrows, and others have left them also.
“There has been a lot of changes, it’s part of the game, the “business”. Players will come and go. “Karl” (Karlsson) is one of the best players in the history of this franchise, it is between him and “Alfie” (Daniel Alfredsson), it’s a toss-up. I have a lot of respect for “Karl” and I do wish him the best in San Jose, pointed out Phaneuf. They have good and young now. I look to go to (Thomas) Chabot, it was a great start. I played with him last year, he is an excellent young player. I do hope that the success in Ottawa, but (Saturday) against us. “
With the Kings, Phaneuf found himself with a club of veterans, in a city where his wife, actress Elisha Cuthbert, can work. “Let’s say that the adaptation of L. A. was pretty easy,” he says.
The same goes for the other player past the Kings, Thompson, who had his main residence with his wife. This last mentioned Friday that he had not been informed of a locker room to be particularly “broken” before his departure from Ottawa. “There was not a particular division. It’s just that we lost some matches and when it does happen, it is difficult, ” he said.
THE SENATORS IN BRIEF
Harpur is ready
With the injury to Cody This, Guy Boucher has already announced its intention to use the defender Ben Harpur against the Kings on Saturday, after he was left out during the first four matches of the team. The rear giant (he is 6’ 7’) hopes to seize the opportunity offered to him. “I’m still not too sure what will happen with the injuries we have. But I prepared myself for a week to be back in alignment. A good part of the preparation is mental, you have to stay positive and bring you to the rink each day to work on to get better and remain in the form of a game. I know how it works, I’ve already done for my career, ” said Friday, who has played 52 games in the regular season with the Senators.
Between the lines
After the visit of the Kings and Dion Phaneuf, the Senators will get the Dallas Stars, and Marc Méthot Monday. Subsequently, they will have four days without a game before receiving the Canadian next Saturday… The d. g. Pierre Dorion has stated that the club hope that the injured Cody Ceci, Ryan Dzingel, Alex Formenton and even Max McCormick to come back against Montreal… The club-Belleville school is also afflicted by injury, while forwards Logan Brown and Ben Sexton, in addition to the goaltender Marcus Hogberg, have not made the trip to Winnipeg with the small Senators. Brown will be out to pasture for two weeks, according to Dorion. The attackers François Beauchemin and Daniel Ciampini were recalled to Brampton (ECHL).