Toronto Maple Leafs fans might actually get what they want. What do they want? Well, judging from every comment that I’ve read since the end of the season, apart from the firing of Randy Carlyle, is Dion Phaneuf getting a one-way trip out of Toronto.
Nick Kypreos sent a tweet yesterday that will make those fans happy.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) May 11, 2014
If the Leafs are actually shopping Phaneuf, I would say that the Leafs will actually trade him. No bother shopping your captain if you don’t have a serious interest in trading him. Kypreos also sent out this tweet.
Hearing lots of interest in #Leafs Phaneuf @ right price. Some clubs tell me they value him btw 5m -6m, meaning Tor must cover remaining $.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) May 12, 2014
It makes sense. If the Leafs want to move Phaneuf but teams don’t want to take on his $7 million cap hit, the Leafs could take up $1-2 million of it and add some more valued assets. Also, if the Leafs are shopping him now, I would assume draft picks would be part of the package that comes back to the Leafs.
The fact the Leafs could be even shopping Phaneuf says a lot. He constantly leads the team in ice-time. He is a reliable point producer.According to The Score’s website, for all his defensive liabilities, the Leafs have outscored their opponents while Phaneuf is on the ice. If they deal him, they will have to replace his production and ice-time. That could be problematic.
If this happens, a lot of Toronto Maple Leafs fans will erupt in joy. They might not have seen Carlyle get fired. However, they may see their captain get thrown off the ship.