Dion Phaneuf RUMORS & NEWS

  • Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf out ‘week to week’ with injury

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs will be without captain Dion Phaneuf with an “upper body injury” as they return from the all-star break, with a long uphill climb to a playoff spot. Leaf coach Peter Horachek said after practice Monday that Phaneuf was hurt in the last game against Ottawa and played through..." January 26

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    Dave Feschuk @dfeschuk

    Hearing Dion Phaneuf missed practice today with a hand injury and is expected to be out a while, per NHL source. #leafs

  • Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf might face discipline

    Toronto Sun "Dion Phaneuf has been in enough hot water with the Maple Leafs' bitter fan base of late. Will he find himself in the same situation with the league? During a first-period exchange with the Senators' Milan Michalek, Phaneuf appeared to take the feet out from the Ottawa forward in what some..." January 22

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    Mark Masters @markhmasters

    Extremely tense moment when Dion Phaneuf was questioned about why specifically scrapping fan salute helps the team pic.twitter.com/AFqp1ZP5y1

  • Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf considers change to left side

    Toronto Star "Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf touched down at the MasterCard Centre on Wednesday, skating with some of his teammates for the first time since the disastrous end of the 2013-14 season. The team’s infamous late-season collapse ushered in a summer of change: Two were fired from the front..." September 04

  • Should Capitals take a shot at Dion Phaneuf?

    CSN Washington "Let’s assume that Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is earnest in his pursuit of a left-handed defenseman who can play alongside the right-handed shooting Mike Green on the Caps’ blue line. Let’s also assume the salary cap escalates to $70 million, providing the Capitals with roughly $14..." June 18

  • Maple Leafs shopping Dion Phaneuf

    Toronto Sun "Has the Battle of Ontario eroded into a race to see which of the combatants — the Senators and Maple Leafs — can deal away their captain first? That’s the $49-million question involving Dion Phaneuf and Jason Spezza. Both Phaneuf and Spezza are on deals worth $49 million US over seven years...." May 12

  • We have to be better, Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf says

    Toronto Sun "The Maple Leafs have to pretend their ugly loss against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday didn't happen. They have little choice. "The way the schedule is, I have said it all along, you have to move forward very quickly," captain Dion Phaneuf said. "We know we got outplayed. We're not happy..." February 06

  • Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf experiences ups and downs

    Toronto Sun "Another confounding night from the captain. Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf gave his critics lots of ammunition with some slow reactions, capped by getting beaten off the rush when Dustin Byfuglien switched to defence in overtime, came in fast and went unchallenged to the middle for the..." January 27

  • Maple Leafs sign Dion Phaneuf to seven-year contract extension

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that they have signed captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year contract extension. Phaneuf, 28, is under contract through the 2020-21 NHL season. “Dion is our team leader and has been a pillar in our building process,” said GM Dave Nonis said in a statement..." January 01

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    Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika

    Dion Phaneuf's contract extension will be announced before the Maple Leafs practice at Michigan Stadium today.

  • Dion Phaneuf contract talks with Leafs captured by HBO's 24/7

    Toronto Sun "Unlike all the “F-bombs” being thrown around during the third episode of 24/7, the first letter in the name “Phaneuf” does not start with the letter “F.” But the word “F-ortune” does. And, thanks in part to HBO’s behind the scenes cameras and microphones, this weekend’s edition of 24/7..." December 29

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Aside from a couple of details, Phaneuf and the Leafs are very close on a 7 year, $7 mil per contract extension. Term was key. #tsn

  • Is Dion Phaneuf about to sign a contract extension?

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs returned to the ice Friday from a three-day Christmas break with a bit of a bang with rumours that Dion Phaneuf’s contract extension is imminent. “No comment,” Phaneuf said when asked about the buzz on social media that he is “very, very close” to an extension that will keep him..." December 27

  • Report: Phaneuf extension might be imminent

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the lead up to the 2013-14 campaign, the big question surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs’ future was the fate of star forward Phil Kessel and captain Dion Phaneuf. Both have played key roles on the team and were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this summer. Kessel wasted no time..." December 26

  • Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf argue in candid '24/7' clip

    CBSSports.com "One of the great parts of HBO's 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic series is that it captures so much of the on-ice conversations fans are so rarely privy to. The second episode of this year's edition of the popular show granted one of the more candid conversations it's ever gotten a hold..." December 22

  • Leafs Phaneuf not changing physical game after suspension

    Toronto Sun "Just because he’s coming off the first suspension of his NHL career doesn’t mean opposing players can expect to have their head down when they skate anywhere near Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. Not unless they want to pay the price. “I play the style that I play and I’m going to continue to..." December 14

  • Leafs D Phaneuf suspended two games for hit from behind

    TSN.ca "The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without their top defenceman for the next couple games. Dion Phaneuf was suspended two games following his phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit from behind on Boston Bruins defenceman Kevan Miller on Sunday. Late in the Leafs' 5-2..." December 10

  • Leafs irate over ‘Princess Phaneuf’ comment, Scott expresses regret

    Pro Hockey Talk "Following Saturday night’s 4-2 loss to Toronto, Buffalo enforcer John Scott took aim at Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf by calling him “Princess Phaneuf” in response to this third-period scrum. “All of a sudden I’m not allowed to hit him anymore. He’s Princess Phaneuf. It’s a joke,” Scott after the..." November 18

  • Leafs must keep calm over Phaneuf’s contract

    Sportsnet.ca "While Phil Kessel signed an eight-year, $64-million contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs a few weeks ago, the understanding has been that neither side has illustrated any urgency regarding Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf who also becomes an unrestricted free agent at season’s..." November 01

  • Phaneuf just as impressive as Kessel in Leafs win

    Toronto Sun "Phil Kessel had the hat trick but consider Dion Phaneuf’s trilogy a pretty good night at the office. One a game-high six hits a couple delivered on the Anaheim Ducks’ biggest or most productive forwards. Two a goal to pull the Leafs even 2-2 his second of the season jumping into the play and..." October 23

  • Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf talks about timing and the purpose of camp

    Toronto Sun "The majority of his Maple Leafs teammates had showered dressed in their suits and were back on the team bus but captain Dion Phaneuf laid on an exercise mat in a hallway deep in the Canadian Tire Centre late on Thursday night twisting his body into a bunch of painful-looking stretches. The..." September 21

  • Can The Leafs Afford To Re-Sign Phil Kessel And Dion Phaneuf?

    Editor In Leaf "The NHL’s salary cap is in a constant state of flux. Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman reported a little over a week ago that the cap could rise to $80-million in four years. In this hfboards thread Globe and Mail hockey reporter James Mirtle projects the cap to be around $70-million in..." August 31

  • Kessel, Phaneuf extensions not on ‘front burner’ for Leafs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently re-signed Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has already made his mark on the team in his first seven months on the job but his biggest test is still ahead of him. The Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf a defenseman who logged 25:10 minutes per game in 2013 has just one year left on his..." July 26

  • Ex-Leafs executive says the Oilers may be interested in Dion Phaneuf

    Edmonton Journal "Former Maple Leafs assistant general manager Bill Watters was interviewed on Oilers Now on Friday, and he had both an interesting rumour and some harsh words for Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf. In part, here’s what he had to say: Dion Phaneuf should be dispatched as soon as they possibly can and..." July 13

  • Actress Elisha Cuthbert, Leafs Captain Dion Phaneuf get married

    Sporting News "Elisha Cuthbert's TV show got canceled. Her wedding to Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf did not. The two were married on Saturday in Summerfield, Prince Edward Island. It was a Catholic ceremony, and more than 300 people were expected at the reception. Some of Phaneuf's teammates (and..." July 06

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    "@DarrenDreger: Rumblings Phaneuf in play. Nonis says he'll trade almost anyone, says no one called on captain...yet."/Hearing same rumors.

  • Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf takes blame for Game 4 meltdown

    Toronto Star "The captain took the weight and the blame. “It’s a big mistake and a bad time to make it,’’ said Dion Phaneuf, facing a phalanx of reporters in the funereal wake of a Game 4 loss, his face both pink from exertion and grey, a look of bruising around the eyes, in the eyes. “I take..." May 09

  • Spotlight fixed firmly on Leafs' Phaneuf and Kessel

    Toronto Sun "Somewhere deep in the manual of hockey cliches is buried the one decreeing that, for a team to have sustained success, its best players have to be the best on the ice most nights. If you’re willing to buy that, how do the Leafs measure up in that department? For the sake of the argument, we..." March 11

  • Leafs' Phaneuf comes through for Sick Kids patients

    Toronto Sun "It brings new meaning to the old saying of playing with heart. In Tanner Fitzpatrick’s case, he was out for the first time testing out his new one. This kid is all heart. The 13-year-old was discharged from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children at 5 p.m. Monday, just 12 days after his..." February 12

  • Phaneuf to keep on firing

    Toronto Sun "When Dion Phaneuf steps onto the Bell Centre ice surface Saturday night, he should get a nice comfy feeling all over. After all, this is the only rink in which he has registered a point in all season. Three weeks ago, Phaneuf registered an assist in the Leafs season-opening 2-1 road win over..." February 09

  • Phaneuf to hit ice at Maple Leaf Gardens

    Toronto Sun "Since 1931, every captain of the Leafs has played at Maple Leaf Gardens. Dion Phaneuf probably didn't think he would continue the tradition under the circumstance of an NHL lockout, but these days idled players will take game action anywhere they can find it. Phaneuf and Toronto teammates Phil..." December 13

  • Phaneuf polarizes Leafs Nation

    Toronto Sun "Dion Phaneuf wasn't wearing a flak jacket when he was trotted out to face the media as part of the Maple Leafs "See You In September" gathering on Monday. At least none that we could see. Given the amount of verbal and written bullets that have been fired his way recently, you would have..." April 10

  • Phaneuf keys Leafs in OT victory

    Toronto Sun "The Maple Leafs took the family picture in the morning, then closed their house for another season, unsure of who'll be back next autumn. With a string of messages to 'thank you for being the most loyal fans in sports', the Leafs departed the Air Canada Centre on the right note in Thursday's..." April 06

  • Carlyle sizes up Phaneuf

    Toronto Sun "Randy Carlyle is not expecting to bond with Dion Phaneuf as fast as his Stanley Cup captain Scott Niedermayer or successor Chris Pronger. But the new coach of the Leafs thought the timing was right for a sit-down with Phaneuf on Monday morning at the MasterCard Centre. Most coaches pick the..." March 06

  • Phaneuf redeems himself

    Toronto Sun "Your top players have to make the biggest plays in the most crucial moments. No, we're not talking about Tim Connolly, who only had to put his stick on the ice to score the winning goal in overtime in the Maple Leafs' 4-3 victory in Edmonton on Wednesday night. Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf..." February 16

  • The maturation of Phaneuf

    Toronto Sun "For those of us who were part of the Dion-palooza media circus here last season, it comes as a much-welcomed relief that the hype machine has pretty much been muzzled concerning Phaneuf's return to Calgary this time around. It was fourteen months ago that Dion Phaneuf made his first visit to..." February 14

  • Stajan last Flame standing from Phaneuf trade

    Calgary Herald "Matt Stajan is quite capable of reading the schedule, so he wasn't surprised when he entered the Calgary Flames' dressing room on Monday morning and sees his stall already encircled by reporters. Stajan's former employers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, are on their way to Calgary two years after a..." February 14

  • Varying views on Hartnell-Phaneuf scrap

    CSN Philly "Everyone seemed to have a different viewpoint on why Scott Hartnell threw down with Toronto's Dion Phaneuf a millisecond after scoring a goal. "Dion had hit him near the goal line and the other guy fell into the boards," offered Leafs coach Ron Wilson. "I think it had to do more..." February 10

  • Phaneuf trade still awful for Flames

    Calgary Sun "On Sunday, Dion Phaneuf skated in the NHL all-star game. If that wasn't enough of a reminder to the Calgary Flames and their fans how bad that now-infamous trade has turned out, so many others will be in their eyes in the next while. Tuesday marks the two-year anniversary of the blockbuster..." February 01

  • Burke praises Phaneuf for addressing Foligno's 'cheap hit'

    Ottawa Citizen "It was easy to see how Brian Burke felt in the moment, when a camera focused on the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager as he watched his captain drop his gloves to fight for the first time this season. It was easy to read Burke's lips as Dion Phaneuf threw his punches: "Atta boy!" The more..." January 19

  • NHLers who labelled Phaneuf overrated green with envy

    Toronto Star "An open letter to those NHLers who voted Dion Phaneuf the most overrated player in the league in a Sports Illustrated poll of 161 players. Dear Jealous, Petty Gentlemen: I'm sure you have your reasons. Maybe his $6.5 million salary is bigger than yours. Maybe his girlfriend is lovelier and..." January 13

  • Dion Phaneuf voted to NHL all-star team, Phil Kessel snubbed

    Toronto Star "A late surge in voting by Ottawa fans pushed Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel out of an automatic spot at the NHL all-star game. But Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf made the cut, finishing second in fan voting among defencemen. Phaneuf has had a solid season. He's sixth in scoring among league..." January 06

  • Phaneuf leaves blown lead behind

    Toronto Sun "Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf has been consistent in his approach this season to quickly dismiss previous games whether the result has been good or bad. That approach has certainly helped the team keep an even keel, a likely reason they haven't gone three consecutive games without registering at..." December 31

  • Phaneuf a changed man

    Toronto Sun "Dion Phaneuf is a changed man since Ron Wilson coached against him. When Wilson coached the San Jose Sharks and Phaneuf was patrolling the blue line for the Calgary Flames, Wilson said Phaneuf was not hard to play against. "In San Jose, we thought as long as you had your head up, you could..." December 09

  • Phaneuf needs some help on D

    Toronto Sun "As strong as Dion Phaneuf has been in nearly every game for the Maple Leafs, he could use a little help. Not necessarily from his defence partner, Carl Gunnarsson, whose overall steady performances have aided in allowing Phaneuf settle into a rhythm. But Phaneuf, in the second of..." October 31

  • Phaneuf gets his mojo back as Leafs thrive

    Toronto Star "This time of year hyperbole and overstatement are rife in the hockey world, whether in these parts or those beyond. Last fall, for example, Steven Stamkos was going to score 70 goals (guilty), Dustin Byfuglien was a Norris Trophy candidate and there was no chance the Maple Leafs were going to..." October 24

  • Phaneuf gives rookie rough ride

    Toronto Sun "Don Cherry usually doesn't need any help putting his foot in his mouth. But Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf gave him a hand on Saturday night. Just 48 hours after Cherry moaned on Hockey Night in Canada that we won't see many more Scott Stevens-style hits, thanks to the NHL's concerns over..." October 09

  • Leafs' 'Riverboat Gambler' is back

    Toronto Sun "It took Dion Phaneuf 68 days to score his first goal as a Maple Leaf back in 2010. It took him just one in 2011-12. Phaneuf won't make much of a big deal about hitting the scoresheet in the Maple Leafs 2-0 opening-night victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, but behind..." October 08

  • Phaneuf of old returns

    Toronto Sun "It was sometime just before the all-star break when Dion Phaneuf sat in the Maple Leafs dressing room following practice and chatted informally with a couple of reporters. That's a rarity for Phaneuf, who is cordial, but usually all business, in his mostly daily scrums. He made it clear he..." March 17