LFR8 - Game 58 - All In - Fla 3, Tor 2

Steve Dangle
February 18 2015 01:59PM

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Phaneuf Not Quite Ready to Come Back

Justin Fisher
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...

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WWYDW - Untouchables

Justin Fisher
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? 

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Leafs PostGame: Tank Rolls On With Loss to Bolland, Panthers

Bobby Cappuccino
February 17 2015 08:53PM

With the trading of Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli this past weekend, it is obvious to all that the Leafs are in full tank mode. But tanking is not just about selling off assets. It's also about losing. 

That whole "losing" thing has plagued the Leafs when they've been in no shape to make the playoffs. Every time they've had the opportunity to bottom out, they've won games, missing out on the talent they really have needed in the process. 

With that all in mind, it really felt like the Leafiest thing could begin to happen tonight - sell off two useful players and start winning, playing spoiler to a team competing for that final playoff spot. 

(Un)fortunately, the team they were facing had David Bolland.....who got one point, but more importantly competed real good and I think that is what ultimately won Florida the game.

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McKenzie: Rival GMs looking to make a 'soft deal' for Phaneuf, Kessel

Thomas Drance
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. 

Compounding these issues: teams like - oh I don't know, the Florida Panthers - are looking to land a star player with what TSN's Bob McKenzie described on Tuesday morning as 'soft deals.'

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