Leafs not ready to consider a Richards for Phaneuf trade yet

Elliotte Friedman of sportsnet.ca writes … A Dion Phaneuf/Mike Richards trade matches financially, but, after suggesting the idea last weekend, my sense is the Kings would consider that, but Toronto wouldn’t, at least not yet.

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13 Responses to Leafs not ready to consider a Richards for Phaneuf trade yet

  1. leafy says:

    Mike Richards has a cheaper salary and for a shorter term. Yeah it makes sense that the Leafs would “not consider”.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      I wouldn’t dare consider moving a defenseman who can play over 20 minutes a night on any team for a 4th line center who isn’t guaranteed to play on the top 2 lines on the Leafs.

      And what a freeup of salary and term. $1.25M for one less year. Oh my.

      • leafy says:

        Even if that’s true (20 quality minutes?), it would move the Leafs closer to a lottery pick AND shed salary. Win-win.

        • Steven_Leafs0 says:

          The thing is Phaneuf has value. He is definitely overpaid but only by a million or so. Freeing up a million dollars in cap for an extremely over paid 4th line center is bad even if the intention was to tank.

        • blaze says:

          Cody Franson is the top UFA defenseman available this year.

          • doorman says:

            I think Johnny Boychuk I think is the top avail dman.

            Phaneuf has positive value as does Kessel.These are better off season trades IMO. But I think we get more then most assume for these guys.

            • blaze says:

              Ah yes Boychuk. Can’t see NYI not making a deal there. Point still stands there is no solution to the D in the FA pool.

  2. blaze says:

    I can’t help but feel like this team is so doomed we would become disenfranchised with McDavid by year 3 when we will still suck.

    All the while Dion has a goddamn Cup ring playing 20 a night in LA.

    • LN91 says:

      Who cares if Dion Phaneuf wins a cup with LA (If he goes there)?

      He’s not the player that will lead them to another cup, he will be a secondary piece to it.

      Geeze, why do you think the Leafs suck…Too much surrounding pieces (which, you seem to desire), and not enough star talent.

      • blaze says:

        Yeah I get it you want to be the Oilers. Your fetish for prospects has you thinking Victor Loov will replace Dion.

        The LA Kings borderline dynasty team thinks Dion can be a valued addition to the backend how is that possible?

        • LN91 says:

          Not a fetish for prospects, just a fetish for potential talent that is better than this mediocre squad.

          Yeah, for sure, if I was LA, I would want Dion to. But what the hell do you think the Kings are doing? Replacing Doughty with Dion?

          No, the Kings will use Dion to anchor the second-pair D-Men. Once again, Dion is not a star player, he’s just a secondary piece on that squad. Toronto, on the other hand, used him as their best player when clearly he is miscast for the role.

          Who would you rather want? Doughty & Kopitar or Kessel & Phaneuf.

          Actually, you would probably pick the latter anyways.

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