Top 5 Trade Destinations for Dion Phaneuf

Justin Fisher
June 17 2015 03:58PM

A couple weeks back we looked at the the Top 5 Trade Destinations for Toronto's top player, Phil Kessel. Today, we do the same for team captain Dion Phaneuf, who will almost certainly be shopped around the league as the Leafs look to strip down their roster, clear cap space, and rebuild through the draft.

In recent years, Dion seems to have lost a step, and our own Ryan Fancey discussed how quickly and dramatically Phaneuf could regress by the time his current contract is up. With a cap hit of $7M over the next six seasons, the Leafs would be better off moving on quickly. Phaneuf doesn't exactly help the rebuild, and you may as well try to get as much value out of him now as possible.

Click past the jump for the Top 5 Trade Destinations for Dion Phaneuf...

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The NationDrafts Winner Is...

baggedmilk
June 17 2015 01:10PM


You picked your team. You watched the playoffs. You hoped to score prizes and Internet glory. Today, we make a dream come true as we announce the winner of the 2015 NationDrafts Playoff Pool. 

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Draft Numbers: USHL Forwards and the First Round

Shawn Reis
June 17 2015 12:01PM

The Draft Numbers series rolls on.  Today we're going to branch outside of the CHL and take a look at the USHL forwards of this year's draft class to see how they hold up against previous USHL first-rounders.

Quick refresher: what we'll be doing is looking at every USHL forward drafted in the top ten, between 11th and 20th, and between 21st and 30th overall since the 2005 draft.  Then we'll be plugging in the top USHL forwards from this year's draft class and seeing what sort of company history puts them in.  From there, we'll see if we can start to come to any meaningful conclusions about the top USHL forwards of this year's draft.  Let's begin:

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Bernier's wife causes stir by posting baby photo, making cryptic comment on Instagram

Thomas Drance
June 17 2015 10:22AM

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Hockey's traditional silly season is just beginning, although in Toronto it seems like hockey's silly season never ends.

On Wednesday morning Toronto-area Twitter feeds lit up with talk about what Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier's wife, Martine Forget of Hockey Wives fame, had 'leaked' on Instagram when she gave a cryptic response to someone asking why her newborn baby wasn't wearing a Leafs bib or onesie of some sort. 

Yes, this is the stupidest and most typical Maple Leafs non-story since that time Steven Stamkos favorited a tweet and launched a trillion blog posts (and an official comment from his current team).

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5 Maple Leafs Players That are Good Enough to Build Around

Ryan Fancey
June 17 2015 09:03AM

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Rumours have been swirling around the Toronto Maple Leafs and their top players since February, and that sort of talk is only going to get louder as we get closer to draft day and the opening of the unrestricted free agent market.

We strongly suspect that Toronto will move out as much of their "core" as possible, and even the vets who are left over after this summer will likely be subject to trade talks leading up to next year's deadline, but after it's all said and done, what will the next core look like?

The Leafs are currently in the tear down and accumulate phase of the Shanaplan, but in the next phase, "the build", I suppose, we should get an idea of who they want to prop up. 

Here are a few players who should be around to see things shake out.

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