SPORTSNET reports the Ottawa Senators have re-signed defenseman Marc Methot to a four-year deal worth $4.9 million per season. 

Senators re-sign Marc Methot to a 4-year deal.

Senators re-sign Marc Methot to a 4-year deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That takes Methot off the trade market. There was talk of the Senators moving him if he was unsigned by the deadline. And no, I don’t see this as a “sign-and-trade” deal. Those are rarer than hen’s teeth. The deal also reportedly comes with a modified no-trade clause (ten teams he’ll reportedly accept a trade to).

Methot missed considerable time this season to a back injury, but when healthy he’s part of an effective pairing with Senators captain Erik Karlsson. They obviously wanted to keep him and he was keen to stay. It was originally believed Methot sought $5.5 million per season, while the Senator reportedly countered with $4.6 million.

Both sides get what they want. Methot stays where he’s happy and earns a decent raise, while the Senators keep one of their best defensemen for a reasonable term.