DION PHANEUF HAS BEEN TRADED !!!
Well that escalated QUICKLY. The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators have a trade to announce !!! The Leafs have traded oft-maligned Captain to the division rivals from Ottawa. The recently announced NINE (9) player deal moves the player that Brian Burke acquired in 2008 and made the Leader (and face of this franchise shortly after)
The details are here.
#Sens get Phaneuf, Frattin, Bailey, Rupert and Donaghey in exchange for Cowen, Greening, Michalek, Lindberg and 2nd-rounder in 2017.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 9, 2016
Sens news release
Side note: neither team will be taking on any salary in this deal.
Does this leave room for Stamkos?
What does this mean? What moves come next? I believe this will take a long period of time to digest. What do you think now of Lou and Shanny?
More Information: All contracts coming in from Ottawa expire at the end of next season.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) February 9, 2016
Here is how the day started
….and less than 30 minutes later it was complete.
It was a cold snowy morning in the GTA. Most Leafs fans were meandering their way into work, dealing with crap weather, Go-Train issues (again), the thought of a dreadful Leafs team on the road this evening…..and then this happened.
Hearing lots of Dion Phaneuf trade chatter. Starting to think he could actually be dealt before the deadline.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 9, 2016
Normally, I wouldn’t get too pumped up about a Dion Phaneuf trade rumor. However this was from the Godfather himself. Bob McKenzie does NOT just throw out BS tweets, this is serious and put the Trade Dion Watch at Defcon 3!! (remember the rankings go towards 1 the closer to reality the Nuclear…err Trade Threat is).
That tweet from McKenzie was followed up with one from Darren Dreger. While he has no real contacts anymore, he hates feeling left out so he mentioned Ottawa.
Ottawa vets were asked about him recently. Lots of work being done there of late. https://t.co/id2Do1Dq8W
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 9, 2016