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.
Is it sad to say that I want to be one of the worst teams in hockey for a couple years... It seems like that is the only way to build a dynasty the right way. Our core already is mostly in their prime (Callahan, Girardi, Staal, Lundqvist) and they have done crap. Then I look over at Chicago... Kane and Toews 2 cups before they are 26.... Why can't we just find these kind of players... I love Cally but it is getting harder and harder to see him being the first guy to lift that cup.... but hey its late and I am a little tipsy so who knows.... I just want to be able to watch til the very end of the season for once and still care about the games... is that so much to ask haha
To get Phaneuf, Girardi and Miller would probably be Toronto's initial asking price. The Rangers must buyout Richards and need to unload Girardi's salary to make room under cap.
Rozsival just won a cup??
now THIS is sloppy seconds
the only thing that helps get through the summer 1- Resign Hank 2-sign McD 3-sign Stepan 4-Sign Hagelin
I cringe every time I hear "sloppy seconds" in reference to anything. It is demeaning in any context. Remember this is the A.V. era and we must be positive. By the way, happy birthday to John Tortorella and let's wish him well. I'm tired of the Torts bashing. GO BRUINS!
As I see it, Toronto has no money and wants to unload players for value before they walk. A positive for phaneuf is that he could permanently keep Crosby in a full face mask the rest of his career.
And before anyone jumps on me, MY OPINION is to unload stall to Toronto before he jumps to Carolina to complete the family (and I'm just speculating because I would) and sign phaneuf to a contract to fill in stalls spot. I don't think phaneuf has any outside influences telling him to come to a team. Plus I wouldn't mind seeing a couple heads rolling across the ice for the next few years...
The Rangers should not give up any assets for him because of his contract. If they buy out Richards they'll have the $, but Toronto would love to have a taker so there's no reason to give up anything of value.
You guys were right... just some stupid kid... thank god! We can still be saved...
Mark Rennie, not saying it would be the smartest move in the world but if the Rangers feel this is their time to make a push for the Cup these are the kind of moves they need to make. Only way I'd want him is if Rangers could somehow get him on the cheap (Del Zotto?)
I read that someone said dz and Boyle for him may work. I'd do that trade. also if we could throw in some prospects for the right to negotiate with bozak I'd do that too. he could be a good 3 or 4 center.
No thank you. This guy is so over rated and sucks. Hes an overpaid shit D man. The D is fine. Id like to see what DZ can do under AV without having to be scared of Torts. And this coming from a guy who hates Del Zotto....
@WisconsinRangerfan12 wisconsin = cheese dick go home
@WisconsinRangerfan12 Why go Bruins? So confused...Also isn't that the point of the title of a blog post? That you can pretty much say whatever you want.
@josh930 WHAT!!! There is no way Stall is going to Carolina. Carolina will not have enough cap room to have the entire Stall family playing together unless Jordan is willing to take a hit.
@Josh6 I have little to no journalistic integrity, but how is SNY reporting that Richards stuff based on Twitter rumors. Embarrassing.
@The New York Rangers Blogyou want to win with Hank still around, these are the kinds of moves/risks that you take. and the opportunity to dump DZ is way too good to pass up.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG id miss seeing boyle fall down all of the time. dude is seriously gravity challenged when on skates.
wait. no i wouldn't!
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG hmmmm. Don't like giving away prospects for a good 3 or 4 center. They can always be had for nothing. Or wait, Miller is a prospect and a good third line center, lets just keep him.
nevermind I just saw he's a UFA not an RFA. just wait till he hits the open market if they want him.
@MattsteeleNJ Tell us how you really feel.
@MattsteeleNJ How the hell can you say the D is fine? We don't have any serious shot from the point! How can you say DZ played scared of Torts? He wasn't pulled from the power play line until the playoff round vs Boston despite being awful since March. DelZaster is done and needs to go! AV is not the answer for him.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG id rather rozy win it over redden, though...
They will if they let Joni Pitkanan walk the year before stalls ufa contract is up... Never say never. Salary movement can happen in many ways and to play with my 3 other brothers, I would defiantly take less $$$ and harass my brothers Eric and Jordan to throw a little contact money my way. If the rangers look like they can't win a cup when his contract is up... He walks.....
@AnnoyingJoe I just don't see how you can use the word dump in terms of DZ. When I think dump I think HUGE contract OR dominoes pizza and a thirty rack...
@AnnoyingJoe especially for a fairly young dman, that can be a PP QB and is entering his prime
What about fast and Linberg we r fine down the middle. We need Kreider I take it to next level which he should this season and a PP d man. A crease clearer will help too. Wait til deadline well get him for a na of pucks.
@josh930 who is stall?
And don't think for a second Eric doesn't have the GM's, owners, and Marks ear on the subject. He will know what he's doing way before his contract is up.
Agreed I think alot of ppl don't realize
How deep we r down the middle. Kreider will give us two solid scoring lines. Remember AV press conference he said u need two scoring lines a hybrid third line that can do both score and check and an energy 4th line. That tells u right there what he is looking for. Those swedes are solid two way guys and can play right now. Maybe a low level signing like Ryder.
Phaneuf can be had for picks he is a UFA Toronto has no leverage.
@Lordstanleybroadway Sweet. Lindberg tore it up this year. I would buy out Richards. See whats available free agent wise, because you know other teams are going to use their amnesty buyouts, and let the young kids fight for some spots.