Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Watch: Bryan Murray on Acquiring Dion Phaneuf

Ottawa Senators' GM Bryan Murray is thrilled to have added a top-four defenseman to his lineup. "From out point of view it's a trade that gives a little more security on the back end," he said of acquiring star defenseman Dion Phaneuf from Toronto in a blockbuster deal. "I hear people talk all the time that we're dreadful in our own end. We haven't been great. We're getting better and this will, we believe, be a good addition in that process. "It's about getting an experienced leader, good person, hard working and competitive guy to add to the mix in our top four."

Acording to Sportsnet, no salary will be retained by either team over the trade’s entirety.

Erik Karlsson is also excited for Phaneuf's arrival. "I hope he's excited about coming here, I think he's going to be a good fit for our team," he said. "I'm excited about getting to know him on a more personal level--he's a great guy."

He added: "He's had a good career so far, he's got a lot of potential still, he's in the prime of his age group. For us I hope that he can come here and be a leader and be a veteran guy and do that from day one until the day that he leaves."