Movers And Shakers – San Jose a fit for Phaneuf?

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It’s well known that Dion Phaneuf is one of the players that the
Leafs would like to trade this offseason, even though Mike Babcock is a
“fan” of him. After the Red Wings suddenly became uninterested in
Phaneuf, potential suitors have been a little harder to identify. But in a recent James Mirtle piece, he believes that the San Jose Sharks could be a fit:

The
NHL’s free-agent negotiation window opens on Thursday, and with their
wish list, the Sharks could be one of the busier teams.

The other potential fit for them? Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.

There
are a lot of factors that make sense there. San Jose is one of those
teams any player will waive their no-trade clause to go to. They’re in a
win-now mode.

San
Jose is in a weird situation. They are said to be “rebuilding”, but
haven’t moved out veterans like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau – not
that they should. It seems like they want to go for it once more with
those two leading the way, while guys like Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, and Matt Nieto
develop behind them. And with them missing the playoffs for the first
time since 2003, management could be pressuring Doug Wilson to make some
moves to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

So
the interest from San Jose in Phaneuf could make sense, and as Mirtle
mentions, the Sharks are a team that Phaneuf would likely waive his
no-trade to or has already included in his list. But why would the Leafs
be interested in trading with San Jose?

The
Leafs also want to get another pick higher in the draft – they own four
and 24 right now – and are confident they can find very good players
outside the top five or six no-brainer picks. Toronto can also take a
contract to make the money work.

The
bolded is the most important part of this for the Leafs. San Jose owns
9th overall, and it is believed to be one of the picks in play,
according to Damien Cox. 

And
with the Leafs reportedly being interested in Ivan Provorov and Mikko Rantanen – two players of a potential group that could be available at 9
– that pick would hold some tremendous value to Mark Hunter and Kyle
Dubas.

It’s
hard to imagine what a deal would look like between the two teams.
Phaneuf is not worth the 9th overall pick, but perhaps a deal involving
Phaneuf with some retained salary and James Reimer – which would address
San Jose’s search for a goalie – for 9th, plus taking on some salary
could work.

The
draft is just two days away, and rumours like these just make it ever
more intriguing to be a Leafs fan. Acquiring another high pick would be a
huge boost to the rebuild.

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    • Jeremy Ian

      I actually had the same thought. A few years back, a minute-cruncher like Phaneuf would have fetched a 9th easily.

      Is this the effect of the CBA on management-thought or media hype?

      • Jeremy Ian

        I think the media has been hard on Phaneuf and lowered his perceived value.

        In reality, 30pts+ per year, big minute cruncher (as you said), 3 time all-star, can hit and fight like a champ…

        I’m not a big fan of his personally but that kind of resume should fetch a 9th. No?

    • Gary Empey

      Seems that way. However, it kinda makes sense to me.

      This draft is seen as comparable to the 03 draft by many scouts, and when you see the players in that year, you’ll see why. At least half of the players drafted in the first round could have easily fetched a 1st rounder and a high level prospect in a trade at some point in their respective careers.

      M.A. Fleury
      Eric Staal
      Nathan Horton
      Thomas Vanek
      Milan Michalek
      Ryan Suter
      Dion Phaneuf
      Jeff Carter
      Dustin Brown
      Brent Seabrook
      Zach Parise
      Ryan Getzlaf
      Brent Burns
      Ryan Kesler
      Mike Richards
      Corey Perry

      Since it’s considered this deep. No GM wants to be the goat who traded away their pick for Dion Phaneuf when that pick turns out to be Ryan Suter but 10 years younger. That trade can make sense, as it would take the guy you drafted time to develop, but you better be damn sure that Phaneuf is going to put you over the edge from pretender to contender.

  • Gary Empey

    They better not retain salary. That would be a huge fail in any trade for Phaneuf. Find someone with a bad contract to take back, but please please don’t retain salary.