The Kings announced Saturday that they have bought out the remainder of Phaneuf's contract.
The Kings, per Cap Friendly, will dole out payments to Phaneuf for the next four seasons while taking the majority of the cap hit over the next two years. The veteran blueliner posted a horrid minus-21 rating and just six points over 67 contests this season, so it's not difficult to see why the Kings made this decision with two years remaining on Phaneuf's deal.
Phaneuf recorded an assist in Monday's 3-0 win over the Flames.
Facing the team that drafted him ninth overall in 2003, Phaneuf helped set up Jonny Brodzinski's insurance tally in the third period. Phaneuf had gone 11 games without a point, and only has a goal and five helpers in 63 appearances this season, recently serving as a scratch in three straight games. Phaneuf had been a solid 25-to-30 point producer over the last five years, but his offense has fallen off as has his ice time, which is at a career-low 14:55 per game.
Phaneuf recorded an assist, 13 shots on net and 12 blocked shots in 10 games during January.
It must be frustrating for Kings' fans to watch their team get pegged with Phaneuf's $5.25 million cap hit for the rest of this season and two years after that. The veteran blueliner has just two points in 43 games and averages just 14:37 TOI. He contributes modestly on defense with 73 hits and 58 blocked shots, although that has developed into a measly 46.9 Corsi For percentage and minus-17 rating.
Phaneuf (upper body) has been activated off injured reserve, but he won't play Saturday against Vegas, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Phaneuf has evidently received medical clearance ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Golden Knights, but the Kings have elected to give him a few extra days of rest before slotting him back into their lineup. The veteran blueliner will almost certainly return to action Monday against Colorado.
Phaneuf (upper body) took part in contact drills during Friday's practice, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Phaneuf isn't expected to play Saturday against Vegas, so it's safe to assume he'll miss at least one more game due to his upper-body injury, but he could be ready to return as soon as Monday against the Avalanche. Another update on his status should surface prior to that contest.
Phaneuf (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Phaneuf is week-to-week with his injury. The Kings shifted the veteran defenseman to injured reserve in order to free up a spot on the roster for forward Illya Kovalchuk, who had been on the IR himself with an ankle injury but is ready to rock against the Sharks on Saturday.
Phaneuf (upper body) has been labeled week-to-week by coach Willie Desjardins, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Phaneuf's injury wasn't expected to result in anything more than a day-to-day absence, but it appears the issue has turned out to be worse than initially thought. The veteran defenseman is having his worst season to date by a long shot in 2018-19, notching just one assist through 32 games while seeing a career-low 14:58 of ice time on average. News of his placement on injured reserve may not be too far behind.
Phaneuf (upper body) is bound for LA to be reexamined for an injury that is feared to be worse than a day-to-day issue, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports.
The veteran defenseman prematurely exited Tuesday's game against the Sharks, and if a 15-game point drought wasn't enough for fantasy owners to move on from Phaneuf, the added fear that he could be out for an extended period should tilt the scale on the matter.
Phaneuf exited Tuesday's game versus the Sabres with an upper-body injury and didn't return for the third period, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Although Phaneuf has just one assist in 31 games, his injury could cripple the Kings' depth moving forward. Top blueliner Drew Doughty left this contest with an upper-body injury as well, and the Kings will finish the game with just four defensemen. The Kings will likely be forced to make a recall from AHL Manitoba before Thursday's road game versus the Blue Jackets.
Phaneuf has zero points through 11 games, and has put only 10 shots on net.
It seems like Phaneuf has fallen off a cliff, and is now a depth defenseman for the Kings. Case in point, he's averaged 16:44 per game in ice time. That does include 1:59 per contest on the power play, but so far that hasn't worked out for the veteran.
Phaneuf scored a goal in Wednesday's 7-4 preseason loss, going minus-4 in the process.
Phaneuf, 33, hasn't finished as a plus player since 2013-14. Last season, appearing in 26 contests with the Kings, he finished minus-7 -- for the season, including his time with the Senators, Phaneuf was a minus-15. In Los Angeles, he averaged less than 20 minutes of ice time per game, marking the first time in his career that has happened.
Phaneuf posted 26 points, 161 hits and 154 blocked shots between 79 regular-season games in 2017-18.
Phaneuf was dealt from Ottawa to Los Angeles at the trade deadline, and his production was fairly consistent between the two squads. The 33-year-old blueliner slotted in for all four playoff games as well, notching one helper and 13 hits while logging major power-play minutes. Phaneuf was traded to rid the Senators of his $7 million cap hit -- the same haul as the Kings' Norris Trophy-caliber blueliner Drew Doughty, who notched 60 points -- so unless he can suddenly elevate his offensive production, this contract may become a burden to the Kings.
Phaneuf contributed a goal and an assist, helping his team post a 3-0 win over Calgary on Monday.
Phaneuf has nine points in 21 games now for Los Angeles after managing just 16 in 53 games while with Ottawa. The trade to a power team seems to have rejuvenated him, and he's now playing like a strong option who's rewarding those owners who stuck with him or traded for him late.
Phaneuf (illness) is in the lineup Thursday against the Capitals.
Phaneuf missed practice Wednesday, but apparently the illness isn't enough to keep him out of the lineup. The veteran defenseman has been playing well recently, as he's notched seven points in his last 11 games. If the illness doesn't slow him down, there's reason for enthusiasm based on his recent performance.
Phaneuf (illness) will be a game-time decision against the Capitals on Thursday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Head coach John Stevens said, "We're hopeful he's going to be able to go," which is a good sign. Phaneuf wasn't able to practice Wednesday, but that could have just been a precaution. An actual game is a different thing, especially with the Kings fighting for a playoff spot. Keep an eye out prior to this game, which is a late start, if you want to make sure whether or not Phaneuf is in the lineup.
Phaneuf did not practice Wednesday due to an illness, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Phaneuf has another day before the Kings return to action, so fantasy owners should check back Thursday to see if he rejoins his teammates at morning skate. If not, either Kevin Gravel or Paul LaDue should join the lineup in his place, though neither blueliner possesses Phaneuf's fantasy upside.
Phaneuf scored the lone goal and logged 18:56 of ice time (1:50 on the power play) during Thursday's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
Phaneuf recorded just three goals and 13 assists through 53 games with Ottawa, so it was a little surprising he found the back of the net in his first outing with Los Angeles. The veteran defenseman will probably need to follow up Thursday's showing with a few more fantasy relevant outings before he's worth a look in most seasonal leagues, but there is definitely cross-category potential. Additionally, his surroundings are likely better with the Kings than they were in Ottawa.
Phaneuf (personal) is on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he'll make his Kings debut Thursday against the Penguins, freelance sports writer Josh Cooper reports.
Phaneuf was expected to miss Thursday's contest due to visa issues, but he was clearly able to get those sorted out ahead of puck drop. The former Senator, who's totaled three goals and 16 points in 53 contests this campaign, will likely replace Kevin Gravel in the Kings' lineup.
Phaneuf has cleared up his visa issues and could join the Kings' lineup Thursday against the Penguins, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
Phaneuf wasn't expected to make his debut until Tuesday against the Jets due to immigration issues, but they have been cleared more quickly than expected. Official word on his status should arrive closer to puck drop, with the blueliner potentially providing the Kings with a boost on the back end in a big matchup against Pittsburgh.
According to general manager Rob Blake, Phaneuf will make his debut Tuesday against the Jets due to his immigration status, freelance sports writer Josh Cooper reports.
The news effectively rules Phaneuf out for the team's next three outings. The Edmonton native tallied just 16 points in 53 games with the Senators this season before being shipped to Southern California. The Kings should provide an update once the veteran's work visa is sorted out.