Senators trade star forward Mark Stone to Golden Knights

Hockey Central panel breaks down the Mark Stone trade from Ottawa to Vegas, as the Golden Knights land the biggest fish late in the day, and the details on the deal continue to pour in.

The Ottawa Senators have traded star forward Mark Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Heading back to Ottawa are defenceman prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a second-round pick (originally belonging to the Dallas Stars) in 2020, while forward Tobias Lindberg will join Stone in Vegas.

Lindberg, 23, has suited up for 29 games for the AHL’s Belleville Senators this season, posting six points in that span. He has six total NHL appearances on his resumé, all coming in 2015-16 for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Stone, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season, has been rumoured to be on the move for weeks. The Senators have been active leading up to the trade deadline, sending Stone’s teammates Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to the Columbus Blue Jackets in separate deals over the past week, meaning Ottawa has parted with its top three goal scorers of the 2018-19 campaign.

All six of the team’s top six scorers from 2017-18 — Stone, Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Duchene, Dzingel, and Derick Brassard, are now no longer with the club heading into the 2019 off-season.

The 26-year-old Stone has 28 goals and 62 points through 59 games so far this season. He posted a similar mark of 62 points through 58 games last season for Ottawa, though his current total of 28 tallies ranks as a career high. Also regarded as one of the best two-way players in the game, Stone long ranked as the biggest potential name to be moved at the 2019 deadline.

He’s currently in the midst of a one-year deal signed with Ottawa last summer, carrying a cap hit of $7.35 million.

Brannstrom, 19, was a first-round pick (15th overall) by the Golden Knights in 2017. The five-foot-10 defenceman has seven goals and 28 points in 41 games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves this season. He was also the captain of Team Sweden at the World Juniors, where he scored four goals in five games.

Oscar Lindberg, 27, was originally acquired by the Golden Knights from the Rangers in the expansion draft. In 35 games this season he has four goals and 12 points.

Acquire:
  • Erik Brannstrom
  • Oscar Lindberg
  • Second-round pick (2020)
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