New Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot spoke to the media today, and talked about the tough last few weeks as he was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights and then flipped yesterday. According to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press, the former Ottawa Senator confirmed he said no when teams on his no-trade list tried to inquire about him.
Methot holds a 10-team no-trade list, and it is reported to have every Canadian team (save for Ottawa, of course) on it. Whether it was those, or some of the remaining four that had interest in him is unclear. Methot has the right to exercise it, and clearly valued steering his future somewhat.
Ending up in Dallas, Methot is in a nice scenario for success going forward and as Chris Johnston of Sportsnet points out a much lower tax bracket. Methot saves quite a bit of money (almost $700K) and is likely to play with John Klingberg, a player who does have some similarities to Erik Karlsson. Not a bad situation even if you do have to be shipped across the continent.