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Maple Leafs trade Dion Phaneuf to Senators in 9-player deal

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:07:08 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - The Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped captain Dion Phaneuf to their provincial rival, the Ottawa Senators, in a nine-player trade Tuesday.

Aside from Phaneuf , the Senators got forward Matt Frattin , forward Casey Bailey, forward Ryan Rupert and defense prospect Cody Donaghey from the Maple Leafs.

Toronto, for its part, acquired defenseman Jared Cowen , forwards Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg , and Ottawa's second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Neither team retained any of the salary owed to the players they traded away, meaning this was a straight-up hockey trade.

The 30-year-old Phaneuf still has five more years on his contract after this season, with a cap hit of $7 million. He did not waive his partial no-trade clause because the Senators were on his 10-team list of clubs he would accept a trade to.

The trade has given Toronto significant room under the salary cap to acquire some free agent stars, including pending unrestricted free agent ( UFA ) star Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer.

Phaneuf spent the first four-plus years of his career in Calgary before being traded to Toronto in January 2010. The three-time All-Star has 45 goals, 151 assists and is a minus-30 in his career.

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