Getty ImagesLast summer, defenseman Marc Methot signed a four-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, saying "I'm excited about where this team is headed, and I really wanted to make sure I was a part of that. I've made a lot of friends in Columbus, even outside of the hockey world."
So naturally, on the first day of NHL free agency this summer, Columbus traded him to the Ottawa Senators for RFA forward Nick Foligno.
Fact is that the Jackets' defensive depth changed last season, as Methot fell from the top four with Nikita Nikitin's emergence, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, who writes:
Foligno, 24, plays mostly left wing. He had a career-high 47 points last season, totalling 15 goals and 32 assists. The Blue Jackets are desperate for top-six skill, and Foligno will get a shot somewhere on their top two lines.
Foligno found his long-coveted spot as a top-6 forward on the Senators. However, the RFA will be looking for a new contract this off-season and will be in tough to keep his role with the presence of Mark Stone, Mika Zibanejad and Jacob Silfverberg likely to fight for the same roles next season.
Foligno, seeking a raise, was the odd man out.
Also out of Ottawa: Erik Karlsson's defensive partner Filip Kuba, who returned to the team that drafted him and signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Florida Panthers.
"Filip is an experienced player who adds further depth to our blue line," said Tallon. "He is a big, strong and responsible, shutdown defenseman who averaged more than 23 minutes of ice time per-game last season. We are confident that he will fit very well into our top six and help our power play. We look forward to his contributions to our team."
Kuba, 35, has played in 792 National Hockey League contests for Florida (1998-2000), Minnesota (2000-2006), Tampa Bay (2006-2008) and Ottawa (2008-2012), totaling 69 goals with 254 assists and 337 PIM. Kuba played the majority of the 2011-12 season alongside Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, recording 32 points (6-26-32) and a team-best +26 rating in 73 games played. He also paced the club with 149 blocked shots and ranked second on the Sens in ice time (23:36).
Yes, $4 million per season for a 35-year-old Filip Kuba. Well, at least he doesn't make Ed Jovanovski money.
One assumes this means the end of Jason Garrison with the Florida Panthers. Because it is.