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Nill talks Methot trade

The Stars got their defenseman Monday night, acquiring Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick in 2020.

Methot is a good, solid defenseman. He is 6-3, 220 pounds, a left-handed shot and before being selected by Vegas in the expansion draft last week, he was the defense partner of Erik Karlsson in Ottawa. He was the less fancy part of that duo, but an important one. The Stars are hoping he will be an important piece in Dallas.

“He brings a veteran presence to our team,” Stars GM Jim Nill said. “He’s been a winner everywhere he’s been. He was successful playing with good players in Ottawa. It’s that leadership and experience he brings and that ability to play with good players.

“He’s just a good player. He’s a big body; he’s a heavy body. He can be physical. He’s something that you are always looking to add.”

The Stars didn’t give up a ton to add Methot, surrendering a prospect and a pick. It’s a second-round pick in 2020, which is a few years down the road. And there is the prospect in Ferguson, the goaltender the Stars picked in the seventh-round of this past weekend’s NHL draft.

There was a lot of interest in Methot and Nill said the Stars were in a good spot to grab him, especially with their significant cap room. Even taking on Methot’s $4.9 million cap hit and factoring in Monday’s Esa Lindell signing (two years at $2.2 million per year) and the pending Antti Niemi buyout ($1.5 million per year over next two years), the Stars still have around $18 million in cap space.

“Everybody in the league knows he is a good player, so there was pretty good interest in him. We’re just fortunate where we are in a good spot right now that we have the cap room and the assets to be able to make it,” Nill said. “Vegas was comfortable pushing that pick out to (2020) because they have a lot of assets over the next two or three years, and that kind of spreads their assets out.”

There also was Methot’s no-trade clause which allowed him to submit a ten-team no-trade list. That meant he was willing to come to Dallas.

“There were a lot of teams that he blocked out, and I think that bodes well for our organization that players want to come here,” Nill said. “That’s important.”

The acquisition of Methot does create a logjam on defense for the Stars. They have seven defensemen under contract: Methot, John Klingberg, Dan Hamhuis, Esa Lindell, Stephen Johns, Julius Honka, and Greg Pateryn. The Stars extended qualifying offers to Jamie Oleksiak and Patrick Nemeth on Monday, pushing the number of defensemen to nine.

So, now what?

“We’ll continue moving through free agency here and see what changes we have to make,” Nill said. “We still want to add some other things. Over the next two weeks a lot of things are going to fall in place.”