The big deal of the NHL Trade Deadline appears to be done as the Vegas Golden Knights have acquired Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 25, 2019
Part of the delay of the deal was that so many teams were interested but the asking price was incredibly high. The other part of the deal, as it is expected it might be announced later, is that Stone will extend his contract with the Golden Knights.
** Update: Stone joined the TSN panel and said he and the Golden Knights have agreed to an extension.
If not for this extension Strone was set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season. He would have been one of the higher paid contracts coming during the summer if not before.
Stone’s teammates Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel were moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets in separate deals over the past week, and now the Senators have completed the trio of moving out all their star players. Outside of Stone, Duchene, Dzingel, the team also moved Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, and Derick Brassard in the past calendar year.
At only 26 years old, Stone has 28 goals and 62 points through 59 games so far this season. He’s one of the best two-way forwards in the NHL and he was certainly the biggest name available at this yeara’s trade deadline. He currently carries a cap hit of $7.35 million.
Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindbergh and second for Stone is final details of the deal.
Brannstrom, Lindbergh and Dallas Stars 2nd round pick in 2020 to Ottawa for Mark Stone. Tough to lose a player like Stone, but that’s a home run for Pierre Dorion and the Sens.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 25, 2019
With this deal, the Golden Knights pretty much secured their road to the playoffs and they could now be a new team to add as a contender in the Western Conference. One interesting note is that Pierre Dorion is that there’s no conditional pick in this deal which suggests the teams already know the extension is happening. Stone did say that he was willing to sign with a team in the right situation. The Golden Knights might be that right situation.
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