Monday, February 25, 2019

NHL trade review: Knights acquire Stone

From Sportsnet


             The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired winger Mark Stone and forward Tobias Lindberg from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2019 second round pick. Stone has reportedly also agreed to an eight year extension worth $9.5 million a season with Vegas.

             This is a huge trade. Stone, the biggest name traded on deadline day, was an upcoming free agent, and with Ottawa being a very bad team, they were smart and decided to trade him. Stone is a top-line player that will now be under contract for Vegas for the next eight and a half seasons. They made a splash at the deadline last year, acquiring Tomas Tatar, but this year was much bigger. Stone will be an immediate impact player for the Knights.

               Stone, 26, has scored 28 goals with 34 assists for 62 points in 59 games for the Sens this year. In his NHL career, all in Ottawa, Stone has scored 123 goals with 188 assists for 311 points in 366 games.

                Lindberg, 23, has scored 5 goals with seven assists for 12 points in 44 games for the Belleville Senators and Cranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins of the AHL this year. In 2015-16, he got his only taste of NHL action, when he scored two points, both assists, in six games for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

               Like I mentioned before, Ottawa is a terrible team, and had already dealt Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to Columbus. Trading Stone if they couldn't sign him to an extension seemed obvious. In return, they get Brannstrom, a top prospect for Vegas, Lindberg, a bottom six player, and a second round pick.

               Brannstrom, 19, has scored seven goals with 21 assists for 28 points in 41 games for the AHL's Chicago Wolves this season.

               Lindberg, 27, has scored four goals with eight assists for 12 points in 35 games for the Golden Knights this year. In his NHL career for the Knights and New York Rangers, Lindberg has scored 34 goals with 37 assists for 71 points in 232 games.

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