Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 6/24/13
This weekend, there were reports that Toronto Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is available for trade. Leafs GM Dave Nonis has said he will trade anyone but hasn’t received calls on Phaneuf as of yet. Joe Yerdon at Pro Hockey Talk thinks that might change now that everyone knows he could be had. The 28-year old Phaneuf, who is one of the most physical defenseman in the NHL, had 9g, 19a last season and has 184 (61g, 123a) career power play points. He's entering the final year of his contract that'll pay him $6.5 million this season. Phanuef laid the fateful hit on Michael Sauer that likely ended his career. ...hey, Phaneuf is engaged to Avery's ex-girlfriend, why not join his ex-team? ...Phaneuf is not only in his prime, he's the intimidating presence on the blueline Rangers fans have been begging to see in a Blueshirt for years. He can also put up points on the power play as well as even strength. Plus, the fact that he's entering a contract year ensures he'll be extra motivated to play for one last big pay day before the end of his career. ...Phaneuf won't come cheap and the Rangers will obviously have to buyout Richards to be able to keep him under the cap. With Phanuef entering his final year, he'd basically be a rental (not sure the Rangers could afford him if he had a huge season), so I'd hate to see the Rangers give up too much. Wonder if Toronto would be willing to accept a package centering around Del Zotto, who is from the Toronto area. ...and for those of you who don't want to see him on the Rangers because of what he did to Sauer, get over it. The hit was 100% clean and it the reason for the concussion was because his chin strap wasn't tight enough, so his helmet popped off and his head hit the dasher. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mike Trout progressing towards return before All-Star break

There's nowhere for Chris Paul to go

Mother Nature stops Tim Tebow's St. Lucie debut

Carson Palmer not sure if 2017 will be his last NFL season

Report: Spurs, Clippers among teams interested in Andre Iguodala

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Vanderbilt players shot while trying to get teammate’s phone back from thief

Would adding George, Hayward make Celtics a super-team?

Kevin Durant congratulates Russell Westbrook for earning MVP honors

Colts QB coach: Andrew Luck should not be double-digit INT guy

Jim Kelly praises Sean McDermott, throws shade at Rex Ryan

Did John Paxson just admit the Bulls are tanking?

Although you have seen this start before, this season is no sequel for the Dodgers

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

Who won Wimbledon the year you were born?

Box Score 6/27: Monday is for all sorts of ballers

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2017 is not another disappointing sequel for the Dodgers

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker