NHL general managers are in Florida this week for their annual March meetings to discuss all kinds of important things like 3-on-3 overtime and hockey in Vegas, but with that comes a good amount of media coverage and, of course, trade speculation.
At the beginning of the month, the Leafs and Wings were rumored to be involved on a potential deal including Dion Phaneuf, but couldn’t get it done prior to the trade deadline. It’s difficult to pull off a move that includes such a transfer of salary mid-season, and the reasons talks may have broken down were aplenty. Now it looks like more teams may be expressing interest in the Leafs’ captain, as we count down to draft day and what should be the beginning of a major roster restructuring.
There’s widespread belief the Leafs could have done a deal with Detroit involving Dion Phaneuf at the deadline, but backed off, thinking a better trade option might emerge over the coming months. At least two other teams have since approached Toronto about a Phaneuf trade.
Two mystery teams? Whoa.
We’ve had some major internal discussions of our own here at the site, and after a session of yelling and poring over graphs with “Corsi” and other stuff written on them, came to the conclusion that only a few destinations would make sense for Dion.
Destinations that would make sense and aren’t Detroit: Edmonton, San Jose
Other destinations some insider may have mentioned once: Anaheim, Los Angeles
Destination that would make us laugh until we throw up: Calgary