Dion Phaneuf

Phaneuf ‘sure’ he’ll re-up in Toronto, willing to negotiate during season


Dion Phaneuf may be a pending free agent, but he sure isn’t talking like one.

“I want to be part of the Toronto Maple Leafs for a long time. I love playing in the city, but the business side will take care of itself,” Phaneuf said on Tuesday, as per Sportsnet. “I’m sure that we’ll get something done.”

Phaneuf, 28, will see his six-year, $39 million deal expire at the end of the 2013-14 season. He’s been an integral part of the Toronto blueline since being acquired from Calgary in 2010 and, just six months after arriving, was named the 18th captain in franchise history.

According to Leafs GM Dave Nonis, there’s no reason to think Phaneuf’s standing in the organization will change anytime soon.

“Obviously Dion is a core part of our team,” Nonis said in August. “He’s our captain. He’s fit well into Toronto and our group and there’s no reason to think he won’t be here for the long run.”

This past season, Phaneuf had 28 points in 48 games while averaging 25:11 of ice time. However, his defensive play has at times been criticized (e.g. after his gaffe in Game 4 of the Leafs’ first-round series versus Boston) and there are concerns about how much Toronto — a team that has $34 million committed to just 10 players for next year — can afford to spend on Phaneuf and teammate Phil Kessel, who is also a UFA after this year.

To that, the Leafs captain says no worries.

He’s even willing to negotiate during the season.

“We haven’t talked yet, but there’s lots of time left,” Phaneuf. “I think you’re open to everything. For me, I have no problem with doing it during the year.

“That’s what happened with my last deal.”

Max-ed out: Bruins waive Talbot

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Boston has placed veteran forward Max Talbot on waivers, per TSN.

Talbot, 31, was acquired from Colorado at last year’s deadline and appeared in 18 games for the Bruins, scoring three points.

Based on training camp and preseason action, it was clear Talbot was fighting for a fourth-line forward role along with the likes of Finnish free agent signing Joonas Kemppainen, former Flyer Zach Rinaldo and Tyler Randell, a 24-year-old AHL farmhand that’s spent most of his professional career with AHL Providence.

Talbot is in the last of a five-year, $9 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $1.8M.

From a financial standpoint, the Bruins can bury roughly 50 percent of that in the minors, should Talbot clear waivers and be sent to AHL Providence.

Report: Leafs waive veteran d-man Robidas

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Looks as though 38-year-old blueliner Stephane Robidas will be hitting waivers today.

Per multiple reports, Toronto is set to put Robidas on the wire at noon ET, a move that comes just one year into the three-year, $9 million deal he signed last summer.

Robidas, who recovered from two serious leg fractures prior to signing with the Maple Leafs, never really fit into Toronto’s lineup. He appeared in just 52 games last season, missing time both with an upper-body injury and while sitting as a healthy scratch.

Unlike today’s other big waiver move — Philly putting Andrew MacDonald on the wire — Robidas won’t give Toronto much financial relief (should he clear waivers and head to the AHL Marlies). Because he was signed as an over-35 player, the Leafs can only recoup $100,000 of his $3M cap hit.