February 18 2015 01:59PM
February 18 2015 11:45AM
According to coach Peter Horachek, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be without the services of Dion Phaneuf for a little while long as his hands continue to heal from punching people in the face.
From TSN's Jonas Siegel...
Dion Phaneuf won't return in either of the next two games.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) February 18, 2015
Peter Horachek says Phaneuf's hand injury wasn't improving when he rejoined the team. Further tests revealed he wasn't quite right.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) February 18, 2015
February 18 2015 07:00AM
Last week we learned that Brendan Shanahan has the blessing of the MLSE board to blow up the Leafs' current roster and start anew. Since then, pending free agents Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli were dealt to Nashville, and the names of Daniel Winnik, Tyler Bozak, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel and Roman Polak have all appeared in trade rumours as the deadline approaches.
It's pretty clear that the demolition job will happen, but there has to be roster carryover, no?
February 17 2015 08:53PM
February 17 2015 04:00PM
Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf should no longer be considered among the Maple Leafs' untouchable assets, but don't expect the two highest profile players on the Maple Leafs to be dealt prior to the March 2 NHL trade deadline.
Both Phaneuf and Kessel are expensive pieces attached to long-term deals, and they both possess limited no-trade clauses. It's clear that any potential trade involving the cornerstone pieces of Brian Burke's flawed Maple Leafs teams would be an extremely complicated transaction, which makes it likely that they'll at least finish up the season in Toronto.