Maple Leafs' Phaneuf to meet with Shanahan

Time for the commandant and his captain to discuss strategy, logistics and morale. After confirming in the spring he would not strip Dion Phaneuf of his “C” when the Maple Leafs dressing room soured, Brendan Shanahan is soon to have his one-on-one talk with Phaneuf to see how he might become a more effective leader and the Leafs a better team. “We’ve scheduled some time...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Gardiner signs five-year deal with Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that defenseman Jake Gardiner has signed a five-year contract. According to multiple media reports, the deal is worth $20.25 million (an average annual value of $4.05 million). “He had a great year last year,” Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis told the Toronto Star. “He’s clearly still improving. This isn’t a player who has...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Dion Phaneuf’s Puck Possession

Dion Phaneuf was a star as soon as he entered the NHL.  He was a Calder Trophy nominee in the strong class of 2005/06 where he beat out Henrik Lundqvist to earn a nomination alongside Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.  The next season he made the First All Star Team and was nominated for the Norris Trophy as best defenceman in the NHL.  His career was then on a Hall of Fame...
Via Kukla's Korner
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Islanders’ Free Agency

We’re 2 weeks into July so it’s time to stop fantasizing about a blockbuster trade for Dion Phaneuf and take a hard look at the work Garth Snow has done thus far this off season. Where did he succeed? Where did he fail? Where can they still improve? Will I ever stop asking rhetorical questions? Okay, onto the grades.Goalies#468752355 / gettyimages.comJaroslav HalakThough this...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Redeemed Quickly: Dion Phaneuf '13-'14 Panini Crown Royale Die-Cut Auto /25

I'm not a Toronto Maple Leafs' fan and I'm not a Dion Phaneuf fan even considering how talented he is. It's nothing personal; it's just that he's never played for my favorite team and he's also got quite a long and nasty history with my favorite player Ryan Getzlaf -- going back to their junior days -- so I have no need to root for him. However, I didn...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Burke wants to 'kick the **** out of' Toronto media

It’s been over a year since Brian Burke was fired as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the time away from Toronto has not changed his fiery personality one bit. Burke, now president of the Calgary Flames, was part of a roundtable discussion at charity event earlier this week, which also included current Leafs GM Dave Nonis and captain Dion Phaneuf. During the discussion...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Capitals take a shot at Dion Phaneuf?

Let’s assume that Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is earnest in his pursuit of a left-handed defenseman who can play alongside the right-handed shooting Mike Green on the Caps’ blue line. Let’s also assume the salary cap escalates to $70 million, providing the Capitals with roughly $14 million in cap space. Whom should the Caps target as that top-end defenseman and...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dion Phaneuf A Fit In Washington?

from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington, Let’s assume that Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is earnest in his pursuit of a left-handed defenseman who can play alongside the right-handed shooting Mike Green on the Caps’ blue line.... At 29, Phaneuf is in the prime of his NHL career but comes with a killer contract -- seven years, $49 million beginning next season...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Maple Leafs Looking To Trade Up In Draft With Eyes On No. 1 Pick

It’s already been an offseason of change for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and now it sounds like they’re trying to make a big splash ahead of the draft. The Toronto Sun reports the Leafs are looking to trade up in the upcoming NHL entry draft. Toronto currently holds the No. 8 pick in the draft, but according to the report, the Maple Leafs are looking to get as high as the No. 1...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs: Who should stay this offseason

It was a disappointing 2013-14 season for head coach Randy Carlyle and the Toronto Maple Leafs. They ended up 38-36-8 (84 points) losing their last four game of the season and going 2-8-0 over their last 10. With yet another late season collapse, the Maple Leafs’ front office decided it was time for change. The team hired former chief player disciplinarian and hockey Hall of Famer...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Phaneuf to Calgary?

So the news around the league is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are shopping defenseman Dion Phaneuf to the highest bidder.  The modified no-movement clause on Phaneuf's inflated contract officially ends with the 2013-14 season. If the Leafs are testing the waters they would request that Phaneuf submit a 12-team trade list of cities he would accept a trade to.  Would Calgary...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Are Phaneuf and Spezza really the belles of the tradeable ball?

George here on the late shift, and I feel the need to identify myself because I'm going to get a little "snippy" here: If Dion Phaneuf played a little less like Mr. Heavyfoot on the Maple Leafs' blueline, Jason Spezza and "potential" intersected a little more regularly, their teams wouldn't have conveniently floated the, "These guys are available...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Toronto Maple Leafs Shopping Captain Dion Phaneuf

Dion Phaneuf signed a seven-year, $49 million contract extension in December to be the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top defenseman and captain long term, but he might actually begin that new deal with a different team. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported Sunday that the Leafs are shopping Phaneuf, with the preferred destination being a Western Conference club. Ontario captains on the way...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Dion Phaneuf the answer in Florida?

If you haven't heard the news Dion Phaneuf has joined Jason Spezza as the big name on the move this summer. Toronto is looking to make some changes after their disappointing season. What bigger change could you make other than trading away your captain? Well, I guess you could change your coach...  Anyways. Phaneuf. He was traded away from Calgary a few years ago. He was young...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Do You Want Phaneuf?

As George Malik pointed out this morning, the names of Jason Spezza and Dion Phaneuf have popped up in the trade rumor talk. Let's forget about Spezza and concentrate on Phaneuf. Even though the reports state the Leafs would like to move him out of conference, would you have an interest in Phaneuf wearing the winged-wheel? If so, what do you give up? from Mike Zeisberger...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs shopping Dion Phaneuf

Has the Battle of Ontario eroded into a race to see which of the combatants — the Senators and Maple Leafs — can deal away their captain first? That’s the $49-million question involving Dion Phaneuf and Jason Spezza. Both Phaneuf and Spezza are on deals worth $49 million US over seven years. The difference: While 2014-15 is the final season of Spezza’s contract, it is the...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

We are all on love

We've got Spezza and Phaneuf rumors. We've got anticipated free agent signings and all the cap space you can eat. We've got the third overall pick. We've got Sam Gagner, who has been traded to 72 different NHL teams 389 times. We all hate Lowe, love MacTavish, hate Eakins, and really hate all the assistant coaches. And Martin Marincin is looking like the best player...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Spezza or Phaneuf in Edmonton?

Dan Tencer from 630 CHED posted on Twitter a few minutes ago something about rumors Jason Spezza and Dion Phaneuf are being shopped "out west". Way to screw up my blog about the Oilers doing nothing this summer, Dan. Tencer liked the idea of acquiring Spezza. Didn't like the idea of acquiring Phaneuf. I like the idea of acquiring both, provided it was done in the...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Trading Phaneuf is not the answer

It seems everywhere you look fans are calling for the Toronto Maple Leafs to get rid of captain Dion Phaneuf. The season didn't end well for the blue and white, which has fans all across the country angry and upset. This anger seems to have blinded most fans into thinking the idea of trading Phaneuf actually makes sense. It doesn't. Phaneuf lead the Leafs averaging 23...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

A Closer Look at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Issues

Toronto Maple Leafs fans have seen first hand the teams’ struggles (via ctvnews) The streak is now eight in a row.  The Toronto Maple Leafs have not won a game since March 13, and a playoff appearance, which was once a near certainty, is now going to take a miracle.  Since starting the year 10-4, the Leafs are 26-28-8 since, one of the league’s worst records in that stretch...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Video- Ranting On The Leafs And Phaneuf

The Tim and Sid show on SN590 The Fan had a little bit of a rant about last night's Leafs game and Dion Phaneuf not speaking with the media post-game. Then, via David Alter tweets, Phaneuf actually called in to our station to respond to @timandsid. Gotta say that's a smart move by the captain to respond to the criticism Dion Phaneuf on #timandsid about not...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Slide Continues For The Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto has now lost 6 games in a row, all in regulation... from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Carlyle pulled Jonathan Bernier. That was smart. Then he put captain Dion Phaneuf on the point with an extra attacker. That wasn’t smart. All night long, in maybe the Leafs’ most important game of the season, Phaneuf fought the puck. He had a sloppy, uncharacteristically...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

I Have No Idea What Will Happen In The Leafs/Wngs Game Tonight

But I do know there will be a large contingent of Toronto fans at the game tonight. I do know Dion Phaneuf will be caught out of position a few times and the Wings need to take advantage of that.  I also now he will try to run on of younger players, just to welcome them to the NHL. I also know the #1 line of the Wings, Legwand, Franzen and Alfreddsson have to start scoring....
Via Kukla's Korner
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Hilarity: JvR Gets Destroyed!,,, By Dion Phaneuf?

Image c/o GeekyTyrant Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Earlier this week, an incident occurred in a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the San Jose Sharks. On the play, San Jose forward Patrick Marleau receives...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dion Phaneuf trucks teammate James van Riemsdyk while trying to deliver big check (GIF)

Dion Phaneuf is a mighty big man, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 214 pounds. When the Toronto Maple Leafs star really lays into it and delivers a check, undoubtedly it is not pleasant to be on the receiving end. Usually, that fate is suffered only by opponents, but on Tuesday, Phaneuf inadvertently delivered a […]The post Dion Phaneuf trucks teammate James van Riemsdyk while...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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