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LA Kings Acquire Phaneuf, Thompson; Trade Gaborik, Shore to Senators

GM Rob Blake acquires three-time All-Star in trade that shakes up LA Kings roster ahead of NHL Trade Deadline

by LA Kings @LAKings /

The LA Kings have acquired defenseman Dion Phaneuf and center Nate Thompson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced tonight.

"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," Blake said.

Video: Discussing the trade between the Senators and Kings

"We also wish Marian and Nick well. Marian has enjoyed a tremendous career to date and has played an integral role with our team over the years including a Stanley Cup Championship. Nick is a hard-worker who came up through our system and has developed into a solid NHL player."

Video: Kings Live discusses the trade with Ottawa

Phaneuf, 32, entered tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins game having played in 955 career regular season games.

Phaneuf served as alternate captain with the Senators, and was captain for the Toronto Maples Leafs for six season. He has recorded 478 points (133-345=478 points) and 1,277 penalty minutes in his career. This season he has 16 points (3-13=16) and 34 penalty minutes. He has also played in 51 career playoff games.

Tweet from @Senators: Additionally, and as part of the trade with Los Angeles, the #Sens have retained 25% of Phaneuf���s remaining salary.

The 6-4, 225-pounder from Edmonton, Alberta has been an All-Star three times in his career (2007, 2008 and 2012). Phaneuf was a member of the NHL All-Star Team (first team) in 2007-08 and a member of the NHL All-Rookie Team (first team) in 2005-06. Four times in his career he has played in all of his club's games, and he is sixth among all active players in penalty minutes. He has played with Calgary Flames, Maple Leafs and Senators in his career.

Thompson, 33, has played in 593 career games. He has recorded 11 points (4-7=11) and 10 penalty minutes this season. The 6-1, 214-pounder from Anchorage, Alaska has played with the Senators, Lightning, Ducks, Bruins and Islanders, and has recorded 122 points (52-70=122) and 309 penalty minutes. He has also played in 58 career playoff games.

The Kings are in the midst of a season-long seven-game road trip.

The club played tonight in Carolina and next plays in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Phaneuf is currently in Pittsburgh.

Thompson missed tonight's game due to injury and is expected to travel to Pittsburgh soon to join the Kings.

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