Apr 8, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dion Phaneuf On The Trade Block, San Jose Sharks A Possible Fit?


All hell is about to break loose in Toronto, as apparently Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is being shopped around by the team.

According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the Leafs are dangling Phaneuf to Western Conference teams, and Kypreos dropped a big hint that the Sharks could be one of the teams interested.

Phaneuf, 29, recorded eight goals and 23 assists in 80 games last season. He has been captain of the Leafs in 2010, and just signed a seven-year, $49 million contract extension during the season. Thus, the Leafs must really be having a change of heart. They signed coach Randy Carlyle to an extension after the season, but GM David Nonis has promised to make “major changes” after they failed to make the postseason.

There is no doubt that Phaneuf would help the Sharks. It appears that Dan Boyle won’t be returning to San Jose next season, meaning the Sharks will be without a veteran presence anchoring their blue line. Phaneuf has been in the league for 10 years, and developed into one of the best defensemen in the league in his early years with the Flames. A physical player, Phaneuf also logged double-digit goals in each of his five seasons with the Flames before being dealt to the Leafs in 2010.

But there are risks. There’s no saying what the Leafs will ask for in return, and Phaneuf’s lengthy contract means that any team that acquires him will be stuck with him for the next seven years.

Anyway, just a rumor. We’ll probably revisit this at some point over the summer, but Phaneuf is certainly an option for the Sharks to upgrade their roster.

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  • Hockster

    LOL. Typical Sharks move in thinking they can continue putting band aids on a major problem that isn’t going to be fixed by anything other than blowing this team up and starting over. Keep the young talent and a few vets like Burns and Pavs and a couple others and get rid of the rest for draft picks. I’m willing to endure some losing seasons. Circumvent the no trade clauses and get it done! This team is a heartless joke and I’m done wasting time with the current regime and roster. Wake up Sharks fans and realize that this team is built for regular season success so that they can continue filling the seats and providing a half-baked product for your enjoyment. After their historic collapse against the Kings, any bit of confidence they had left ran down the drain as they melted the ice in SAP Center.

  • JNebraska

    Thats the last thing the Sharks need. Another over priced 30 year old hokey player.