February 09, 2016

Senators acquire Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in nine-player deal: Dion Phaneuf is trading sides in the Battle of Ontario. A mammoth nine-player swap between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs saw Phaneuf landing in the nationís capital, ending a turbulent run in Toronto that began with a similar blockbuster trade six years ago.
Leafs add a former 1st Rd pick in defender Jared Cowen, winger Milan Michalek, 2 youngish forward prospects in Colin Greening and Oscar Lindberg, as well as second-round draft pick in 2017. Ottawa also received AHL forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and junior defenceman Cody Donaghey.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 12:35 PM - 5 comments

Toronto just took a massive dump on the Senators.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:16 PM on February 09, 2016

His return to Toronto should be interesting...

posted by grum@work at 03:53 PM on February 09, 2016

I agree somewhat with cixelsyd that Toronto has executed a very favorable salary dump, one that was necessary if the Leafs are to do anything about turning around their fortunes. From the Ottawa point of view it looks like a decent deal. Ottawa is looking at this season, making the playoffs, and getting a bit further than a one-and-done series. Phaneuf is a top 4 defenseman, a pretty solid player, and just might be the piece that gets Senators at least as far as the East finals.

posted by Howard_T at 05:33 PM on February 09, 2016

The Senators aren't currently in the playoff picture...they're not even holding the camera. Saying this trade puts them is the East Finals is like saying that Stephon Curry right now is a better point guard all-time than Isiah Thomas...

posted by MeatSaber at 11:27 PM on February 10, 2016

Well, BB-Ref has Curry's VORP at 32.0 in 6+ seasons and Thomas at 37.5 in 13 seasons so while it was going out a limb, I guess I agree with you. Plus Curry's best year far outshines Thomas'. Wow, you were right about the Senators, guess they can book their tickets.

posted by yerfatma at 08:25 AM on February 11, 2016

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