How the Maple Leafs Hoodwinked the Senators into Trading for Dion Phaneuf

February 9th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Tuesday morning, the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs connected for a massive 10-piece trade centered on polarizing defenceman Dion Phaneuf. It was an embarrassingly lopsided victory for the Maple Leafs.

The full details were tweeted by James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail:

That Toronto was willing to trade a player signed until 2021 to a division rival should have set off klaxons on the bridge of the good ship Senator; that they were willing to do it without demanding a first-round pick or tent-pole prospect in exchange was even more alarming. At the NHL level, it always pays to look a gift horse in the mouth.

In Phaneuf’s case, the Maple Leafs succeeded in doing something that NHL teams often try and generally fail at. They deliberately worked to increase his value and then shipped him away; it’s commonly called a pump-and-dump and only rarely is it done masterfully enough that another team is fooled. In this case, the Senators were, as is obvious from the return Toronto managed to land.

It starts with his partner. Phaneuf typically played with Jake Gar ...

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