Report: Phaneuf in play for trade


Right when you thought the Flyers might be this summer’s busiest team, here come the Toronto Maple Leafs.

TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie both say they’ve heard rumblings that Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is available for trade. Dreger says Leafs GM Dave Nonis will trade anyone but hasn’t received calls on Phaneuf as of yet. That might change now that everyone knows he could be had.

This news comes on the heels of the Leafs dealing for former Kings backup Jonathan Bernier, a move that throws him into the mix with James Reimer for the starting job in Toronto.

There are plenty of teams who could use a No. 1 defenseman and Phaneuf fits that billing. Curiously enough, Toronto is a team that already needs help in their top-four on the blue line and dealing the team captain would have to net an upgrade there.