It didn’t take long for Nick Kypreos’ report that the Toronto Maple Leafs were shopping captain Dion Phaneuf to get shot down by another report. Darren Dreger went on TSN 1050 Monday morning and said he had spoken to general manager Dave Nonis over the weekend, and while the Leafs would consider any offers, they are not actively shopping Phaneuf. Dreger’s comments, along with those of Bob McKenzie and The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle, are included in this TSN piece.
Mirtle wrote about the potential trade scenarios involving Phaneuf and the Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza. Spezza would probably garner more interest around the league and seems to be the more likely player traded. If the Leafs trade Phaneuf, it’s hard to imagine them actually getting better in the short term.
As Michael Traikos of the National Post writes, a lot of changes are in store for the Leafs this offseason. But is trading away their best defenseman the kind of change they’re looking for?
Tom Mitsos of Octopus Thrower outlines a pretty compelling case as to why the Detroit Red Wings should not trade for Dion Phaneuf. Cross one team off the list, I guess.
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star thinks the Leafs would have to retain a portion of Phaneuf’s salary and/or take back another expensive contract in a swap. Yet another reason why this trade wouldn’t make much sense.