Maple Leafs Captain Dion Phaneuf Traded to Ottawa

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In a move that shocked the hockey world on Tuesday afternoon, two Ontario rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, have completed a monster nine-player swap that most notably sees Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf heading to Ottawa.

Here’s the full press release, via

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired defenceman Dion Phaneuf, forward Matt Frattin, forward Casey Bailey, forward Ryan Rupert and defence prospect Cody Donaghey from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Jared Cowen, forwards Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg as well as Ottawa’s second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. No salary will be retained by either team over the trade’s entirety.

Phaneuf, 30, has recorded 24 points (three goals, 21 assists), while registering 67 penalty minutes in 51 games for Toronto this season. The three-time National Hockey League all-star has scored 120 goals and added 304 assists in 801 career games between the Calgary Flames and Toronto.

The 6-3, 227-pound defenceman was Calgary’s first pick (ninth overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Toronto on 1/31/10 with Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie in exchange for Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Ian White

Phaneuf has been a finalist for the Norris trophy (2007-08), a member of the NHL All-Rookie Team (2006), an NHL First All-Star Team member (2008) and has played in three NHL All-Star Games (2007, 2008 and 2012).

Frattin, 28, a veteran of 135 NHL games with Toronto, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings, has recorded 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) over 47 games with the AHL’s Marlies this season. Bailey, 24, has 18 points, including four goals, in 38 AHL games this season and has one goal in six career NHL games, each of which has occurred with Toronto. Rupert, 21, has six goals and 12 points in 29 AHL games with Toronto this season. Donaghey, 19, was signed by the Maple Leafs as an undrafted free agent and has scored five goals and registered 22 points in 36 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games with the Halifax Mooseheads and Moncton Wildcats this season.

Greening, 29, scored 38 goals and registered 87 points over 256 NHL games (all with Ottawa) including one this season. Cowen, 25, has earned four assists in 37 games this season and has recorded 15 goals and 46 points in 249 career games with the Senators. Michalek, 31, has scored six goals and registered 10 points this season. In 729 career games with Ottawa and the San Jose Sharks, he has scored 206 goals and added 232 assists for 438 points. Lindberg, 20, was Ottawa’s fourth-round selection (102nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has recorded 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) over 34 games in his rookie season with the Binghamton Senators.


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