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Maple leafs trade Phaneuf to Ottawa in 9 player deal

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators agreed on a trade involving 9 players Tuesday morning. The Maple Leafs traded defencemen Dion Phaneuf and Cody Donaghey and forwards Matt Fratin, Casey Bailey, and Ryan Rupert to the Senators. The Senators traded defenceman Jared Cowen and forwards Milan Michalek, Colin Greening, and Tobias Lindberg, as well as a second round draft pick in 2017 to the Maple Leafs.

Phaneuf has been subject to trade rumors for the past few seasons. He is a three time all star and was considered a leader in the locker room. He has not had a good season, scoring only 3 goals and 21 assists while being a -4 on the season. He also has playoff experience, appearing in the playoffs nine times, but only once since the 08-09 season.

For the Senators, they acquire a top pair defenceman to play on their second unit, behind star defenceman Erik Karlsson and his partner Marc Methot. He is expected to play with Cody Ceci on the Senators second defensive line. TSN’s Ian Mendes thinks the trade will be good for Phaneuf, who will not be counted on to carry the teams defence, even though his contract says he should be. Phaneuf has 5 years left on his contract,paying him $7 million per year over those seasons. They hope that Phaneuf can give them the extra boost needed to push them deeper into the playoffs. The Senators have only made it past the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal one time since losing in the Stanley Cup final in the 2006-07 season.

For the Maple Leafs, who are considered to be a couple years away, they acquire a young defenceman in Tobais Lindberg and a draft pick for a defenceman who they didn’t feel would give them any boost while they rebuild their team. They also freed up cap space that isn’t needed right now, but will be in a couple of seasons as the teams young stars need new contracts. Michalek has been a solid offensive wing for the Senators since being acquired by the team in 2009, scoring 109 goals in 380 games with the Senators. Cowen became a full time player on the Senators blue line the last two seasons, but hasn’t seen much offensive success so far in his career.

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