Teammates boo Phaneuf during morning skate as he prepares for return to Toronto

Associated Press

On Saturday, Dion Phaneuf will make his return to the Air Canada Center for the first time since he was traded to Ottawa.

You can’t say Phaneuf’s new teammates don’t have a sense of humor. Senators players booed Phaneuf every time he touched the puck during the team’s morning skate on Saturday.

Why would they do such a thing?

Well, it sounds like they expect the fans in Toronto to give him a hard time.

The 30-year-old spent parts of seven seasons with the Leafs. Phaneuf was one of the better players on a mediocre team, but unfortunately he’ll be remembered most for the contract he was never able to live up to.

Playing against many of his former teammates might be strange for Phaneuf. There’s already been some friendly jabs from both sides. Nazem Kadri, in particular, wants to make his former captain look silly.

Phaneuf is known for his stern look, but it’ll be interesting to see if he shows any kind of emotion at some point during the game.