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Are the Oilers interested in Dion Phaneuf?

Jul 13, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Dion Phaneuf AP

Dion Phaneuf‘s name has been mentioned as a player who could be dealt out of Toronto for the right offer. That might apply to most any player in the league, but a former Leafs assistant GM says the Edmonton Oilers may make a run at him.

Bill Watters, a former Leafs executive and currently a radio host in Toronto, told Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now the Oilers may be after the Maple Leafs captain. Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal shares.

“Dion Phaneuf should be dispatched as soon as they possibly can and the story I hear is that Edmonton’s interested and if they are tell [general manager Craig MacTavish] to take him and have fun with him. I find him to be the most overrated, undernourished hockey player in the history of the NHL and whoever made him the captain of the Maple Leafs should have been fired six years ago.”

That doesn’t sound bitter at all. With that kind of endorsement, how could the Oilers resist pursuing him?

Truth here is unless the Oilers (or any team hoping to land Phaneuf) gets him signed to an extension, there won’t be much coming back in return. His contract expires after this season.

  1. rockyspond - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Hemsky + Nick Shultz (both also UFA after this season) = fair deal for both teams.

    • timsabourin - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM


      • rockyspond - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Why lol? Hemsky + Shultz too much to give up for Phaneuf? Hemsky is a dynamic top 6
        forward that teams are always looking for. Shultz would slot in as a # 3,4 or 5 defenseman. The Leafs are motivated sellers based on everything i read. Hemsky is only being shopped because the Oilers have a surplus of top 6 forwards; the Oilers would gladly keep him if they can’t get fair value.

      • jl9830 - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        If Hemsky is someone teams are always looking for, why have the Oilers been completely unable to trade him for a few years now? And Schultz as a 3 defenseman? You’re laughably overhyping these Oilers players to the point where it’s hard to take your trade proposal seriously.

    • sunderlanding - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      As a Leaf’s fan I hope they don’t make that trade. I like Dion. Maybe he’s overrated, but he’s still a good player.

  2. ray2013 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    If the Oilers did trade for Phaneuf, they would have a top-2 defenceman that they’ve been desperate to add. But with MacT’s stated commitment to “character”, how could he trade for Phaneuf? I never hear positive comments about Phaneuf; they’re always in the “most over-rated, undernourished player in the history of the NHL” category.

  3. Brian - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Why would Watters say Phaneuf is ” undernourished? Doesn’t he get enough food?

  4. b1unt3d - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    “Hemsky is a dynamic top 6 forward that teams are always looking for.. Hemsky is only being shopped because the Oilers have a surplus of top 6 forwards; the Oilers would gladly keep him if they can’t get fair value.”

    Lol. That’s rich. Hemsky is an overpaid, underachieving cancer that has no heart or work ethic and no leadership skills.

    • jl9830 - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      For future reference, there’s this easy-to-spot button called the “reply” button for you to reply to someone directly.

      • b1unt3d - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Cool story, bud.

      • b1unt3d - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        PS, just try and reply to this post.. oh wait, you can’t. Now, run along.

  5. tmlhockeyfan - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Dear Dave Nonis,

    Don’t trade Phaneuf just because there is a braindead sections of Leafs fans and media who think he’s not a good player. These are the same people who booed HHOF dman Larry Murphy out of Toronto years ago. Please don’t make the same mistake.

    Dear Phaneuf-Haters,

    Take a good look at the stats sheet before you boo another one out of town. There are very few dmen who can do what Phaneuf can do. So what if he’s making $6.5M. It’s only about 1M over what he should be making. Not that big of a deal. If you’re just going to go to the ACC and boo things you don’t understand, please give up your tickets and let real fans go.

  6. montrealbbr - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    He is not the top defenceman that people make him out to be. Toronto would be smart to trade him so expect them to hold onto him and possibly extend him.

    • tmlhockeyfan - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      If you think Phaneuf is overpaid, wait until you see what the Habs end up paying Subban next year.

      • dueman - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        That’s great lol

      • dolphincult - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        tml you are true leaf douche. Subban is the Norris winner, and only getting better. His critics should have been silence last season which includes me. He is hands down better than any of the dmen on the leafs roster.

      • tmlhockeyfan - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM


        Subban’s not even the best defensman on his own team, let alone the entire league. Subban only showed up when Markov is there to baby sit him. And Subban’s Norris trophy is a joke. He won it for getting a lot of PP points. He doesn’t even kill penalties. How can you be the “best defenseman” and your coach is too afraid to play you when you’re short handed? That’s when you want your “best defenseman” out on the ice.

  7. withseidelinn - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    People need to understand that just because Dion has the C, doesn’t mean it translates into him having to be the best player on the team. He is a serviceable, top 4 defenseman with some offensive upside who is prone to the occasional defensive zone mind lapse. I think any team would want this guy if they had the chance for the right price, but i highly doubt EDM has anything of value to offer. Both teams are looking to upgrade their D, and the Oilers have one of the weakest d-core in the league. Doesn’t make sense unless the Leafs are looking at some other guy and the Oilers are prepared to give up picks/prospects.

  8. darrylbarnes1979 - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I am a Leaf fan and I know Phaneuf is not the greatest but he is much better than he is given credit for. I think he cares and is passionate about being a Leaf and being the captain. If the Leafs get rid of him they will have a big hole to fill on the blue line.

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