Goodbye local defenseman, hello even more local...better defenseman.
Foligno for Methot is confirmed.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2012
Foligno's name has been bandied about in trade rumours for what seems like forever, most recently as a piece of the supposed package for Rick Nash. This management group has never been especially high on the player and maybe that goes back to not drafting him a la their lukewarm feelings for Brian Lee. I thought Foligno took a step this year and played well, he drove play against below average competition. But someone has to do that job and it was all done at a very good price. I'm not sure he'll ever solidify himself as the top-six guy he aspires to, but as a third-line player I think he brings good value.
Methot is another name that's been linked to Ottawa in the past, which ain't exactly surprising given this GM's admitted prejudice for local players. A 6'3, 227lb left-shot defensive d-man, Methot can hopefully improve the Senators conscience and awareness in their own end. His contract runs for three more years at 3M$ per. Like Lundin he's only really played on a bad teams, in this case Columbus - and like Lundin he's played against hard competition the last few seasons. His past season was marred by injury, most noticeably by an "exploded thumb" impacted by a puck. There was also a plunge in his possession numbers which seems logically related to that injury, for Ottawa's sake let's hope so.
While the Senators defensive depth-chart isn't exactly great now, it is considerably improved from where it stood three hours ago. Also interesting to take note of the kinds of players moved out today, all skaters you wouldn't exactly call disciplined. The Senators were among the most penalized teams in the league last year, is this an indication they're taking remedies to correct that?
Lost in the trade is probably a situation where Foligno feels like a gritty top 6 player, but Sens feel he's a good third line agitator. We could probably assume that Foligno was looking to be paid a top 6 salary after scoring close to 50 points, while the Sens felt they could get higher end skill and physical play in the 3-4m range, if not get better in both areas from Noesen or Zibanejad on ELC's.
It will be interesting to see the deal Foligno gets from Columbus.
I was surprised the trade was a straight up player for player trade. I thought Ottawa could have gotten a later round pick in the deal too. Interesting now that Ottawa is $5 million under the cap floor to see where that salary comes from. Peter Mueller is still out there. $5 million for two years Murray, Do IT!
Methot played for Team Canada at the WCs each of the last two years. Good player on a bad CBJ team. Foligno was a low IQ player on a smart, good team, 124 PIMs, too many of them stupid. Ottawa wins this trade, easily.