Friedman: ‘Brannstrom was the key’ on Stone trade

It came down to the wire, but the Ottawa Senators put the finishing touches on another major trade by shipping Mark Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, a little over three hours after the trade deadline had passed.

The Insider was asked what he made of Pierre Dorion’s work for the Senators leading into this period of time.

“Well look, I really believe on Stone that Brannstrom was the best player/prospect they were going to get,” indicated Friedman. “I reported this morning that Vegas was back in and I think Brannstrom was the key. I just think that they made him available last night. I think you guys were in it. I think Winnipeg was in it. But he was the single-best prospect that they were going to get. And from that moment on, they were the favorite.

“Now, they had to wrestle some of this other stuff, battle to see what they could do, try to get more. And I think Stone wanted to go to Vegas long term. During the year, the rumor always was that Vegas was optimistic if they went to him as a free agent, they were going to have a great chance of getting him.

“So I think simply what happened was Vegas was willing to put the one prospect in, and then they could hold strong on everything else, and that’s kind of what happened. I think that’s why he’s there as opposed to being in Calgary or being in Winnipeg or being anywhere else.”

Stone is on a one-year, $7.35 million contract, and was slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He and his new club have agreed to terms on an eight-year extension.

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