That’s his right.
But for the record, here’s why the Ottawa Senators asked him to do it.
“It was explained very well to him, our request and why we were making this request,” GM Pierre Dorion said, per the Canadian Press. “It wasn’t that we felt he was our fourth best defenseman, it was the fact that we’d like to keep our top four together. At your age and salary (he told Phaneuf) the likelihood of maybe Vegas not taking you was a possibility, but who knows? Maybe Las Vegas would have taken him…
“At the same time my respect for Dion hasn’t changed, it’s still the same. I still think he’s a big part of this team and the fact that he wants to be here tells me a lot about him.”
That means Phaneuf could soon be traded to one of 12 teams he lists via his modified no-trade clause.
The alternative is trading one of Methot or Ceci, or exposing one of them in the expansion draft.
Phaneuf, 32, has four years left on his contract with a cap hit of $7 million.