Marc Methot was traded to the Dallas Stars from the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.
The Golden Knights, who selected Methot in the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday, received goalie prospect Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick at the 2020 NHL Draft for the defenseman. Methot has two years remaining on his contract, which carries a $4.9 million charge against the NHL salary cap, according to CapFriendly.com.
"He was a guy that we had kind of targeted if he had become available he'd be a good fit for us," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "We'd been talking through [the 2017 draft in Chicago on Friday and Saturday] and the last couple days, and it came to fruition today."
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Methot, 32, has 120 points (21 goals, 99 assists) and a plus-43 rating in 579 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators. He had 12 assists and a plus-13 rating in 68 games for Ottawa this season.
The Stars' young defense struggled in 2016-17 -- Dallas allowed 3.17 goals per game, 29th in the League -- and Nill is hoping Methot adds stability to a group that likely will include at least four players under the age of 25 next season (John Klingberg, who turns 25 on Aug. 14, Stephen Johns, 25, Esa Lindell, 23, and Julius Honka, 21).
"He comes in and fills that void we've been looking for," Nill said. "We were looking for a veteran presence, a stabilizing player. He's been through the League and just went to the third round of the playoffs. He's going to help our young defensemen, and it's going to create competition with our group of players. In the end, it's about having the best players on the team you can to win."
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Methot had 10 teams on his no-trade list. Nill spoke with him earlier Monday.
"He's very excited," Nill said. "He did have his no-trade teams and stuff, and that's a bit of the exciting part, knowing that we are becoming a destination for players. Players think enough of our team and our coaching staff that they want to be part of the team we've got building here."
Ferguson was selected by Dallas in the seventh round (No. 194) of the 2017 draft on Saturday.