Methot finished Saturday's win over Colorado with one shot and a plus-1 rating. Through five games with his new team, Methot has no points and just three shots. His contributions to fantasy rosters has been minimal, but he's provided owners with nine blocked shots and a team-leading 15 hits.
Methot was traded by Vegas to the Stars on Monday in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round draft pick in 2020. The former Senator was a Golden Knight for less than a week, as he's now taking his talents down to Texas to provide a stabilizing presence to the Stars' blue line. It's a bitter pill to swallow for Sens fans after Methot capably served as superstar Erik Karlsson's linemate for the better part of five years, but such is life when it comes to the expansion draft. Ferguson was recently selected 194th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
The Golden Knights have already started soliciting trade offers for Methot, Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia reports. Well, that didn't take long. The 32-year-old blueliner was plucked from the Senators in the expansion draft despite Ottawa's last-ditch attempts at working out a deal to keep him. Garrioch also reported, via the Ottawa Citizen, that the alleged asking price of Knights GM George McPhee to refrain from selecting Methot was a 2018 first-round pick, which was too rich for the Sens' taste. At any rate, time will tell whether Methot is flipped to another club this summer (he has a 10-team no-trade clause that he doesn't want to amend) or suits up as the Knights' de facto top rearguard this October.
Methot has been taken by the Golden Knights, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. Methot figures to headline the Golden Knights' defensive core as their premier shutdown defenseman. In terms of fantasy value, owners probably shouldn't expect much more production than the 12 points he put up last season, but fans in Ottawa will be lamenting this loss for a while. The 32-year-old averaged 2:04 of ice time shorthanded and will probably assume a similar role for new coach Gerard Gallant.
Methot was not protected by the Senators and will be exposed to the upcoming expansion draft, theScore reports. Although the veteran failed to score a goal last season, this comes as a bit of a surprise based on his status as one of the better defensive blueliners in the game. That said, it's likely that the team would prefer to protect Methot but simply isn't able to since fellow defenseman Dion Phaneuf didn't agree to waive his no-movement clause. Regardless of where Methot plays this fall, it isn't likely to cause much of a stir from a fantasy standpoint, but Senators fans will likely be keeping their fingers crossed that he remains in Ottawa.
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