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Mark Methot had 106 hits in 46 games last year. Had he been available for the full season, he would have challenged forwards Derek Dorsett and Derek McKenzie for the team lead in that category.
The year prior, Methot was one of only six regulars on the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets to finish in the plus/minus black. In both 2009-10 and 2010-11, the stay-at-home defenseman was playing just a little less than three shorthanded minutes per night.
Beyond that, it is worth noting that Methot has been constantly battle-tested by a schedule featuring the three- or four-headed monster that is the Central Division. Bringing him to Ottawa should give the Senators a competitive boost as they try to ward off the Maple Leafs and Canadiens and pursue the Bruins and Sabres in the Northeast Division.
Foligno, the return piece from Ottawa to Columbus, is coming off a career-high 15-32-47 scoring log. He shall join recent playoff adversaries Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky in the multi-man task of replacing Nash and building the Blue Jackets from the bottom up.