The Stars got the defenseman they’ve been looking for this offseason. Marc Methot, Erik Karlsson’s defense partner in Ottawa last season, was high the on the Stars’ list. Here’s the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft.
During the 2016-17 campaign, Methot recorded 12 points (0-12=12) in 68 games for Ottawa and ranked second on the club with 164 hits. He registered four points (2-2=4) in 18 games during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the Senators reach the Eastern Conference Final. The blueliner recorded 80 hits during the postseason, which was tied for the second-most by any player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was acquired by Vegas in the expansion draft held on June 21.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to acquire a player of Marc’s caliber,” Nill said. “He has proven to be a capable and steady defenseman that can play well with an offensive-minded partner, and he will add a tremendous amount of leadership and experience to our blueline.”
Methot, 32, spent the last five seasons as a member of the Ottawa Senators, amassing 69 points (14-55=69) in 304 games. For the last three seasons, he has finished first among team defensemen in plus/minus rating and has finished each of those seasons ranked in the top three amongst all Senators skaters in plus/minus rating. The blueliner was acquired by the Senators via trade on July 1, 2012 from Columbus in exchange for forward Nick Foligno.
Having played parts of 11 seasons for Columbus and Ottawa, he has amassed 120 points (21-99-120) in 579 career games played. He has skated in 38 Stanley Cup Playoff games in his career, recording nine points (3-6=9).
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Ottawa, Ont. was originally selected by Columbus in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.
Ferguson, 18, appeared in 31 regular-season games with Kamloops of the Western Hockey League during the 2016-17 season posting a 16-10-2 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.74 goals against average. The 6-foot-1, 189-pound native of Lantzville, B.C. was selected in the seventh round (194th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.