|Assets:||Owns a big shot from the point and good offensive instincts. Displays all-round acumen and is the total physical package. Owns impressive lateral movement and big-hitting ability. Is a leader, too. Can log a ton of ice time.|
|Flaws:||Lacks consistency. His defensive-zone coverage leaves something to be desired at times, which negates his impact on the NHL a little. Can be a little too exhuberant at times in search of the big hit and gets out of position.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent, all-round big-minute defenseman.|
|NHL||First All-Star Team||2007-08|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2011-12, 2007-08, 2006-07|
|Canadian Major Junior||First All-Star Team||2003-04|
|WHL||Bill Hunter Trophy||2004-05, 2003-04|
|WHL||East First All-Star Team||2004-05, 2003-04|
|12/31/2013||Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a seven-year contract extension.|
|12/13/2013||Missed 2 games (suspended by nhl).|
|12/10/2013||Suspended by the NHL for 2 games.|
|12/09/2010||Missed 16 games (left leg injury).|
|11/06/2010||Left leg injury, injured reserve.|
|11/03/2010||Lacerated leg, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/31/2010||Acquired from the Calgary Flames.|
|4/27/2009||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|4/27/2009||Missed 1 playoff game (head injury).|
|4/16/2009||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|4/10/2009||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/06/2008||Re-signed by the Calgary Flames to a six-year contract extension.|
|4/03/2007||Missed 2 games (flu).|
|10/30/2006||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|9/15/2004||Signed by the Calgary Flames.|
|9/19/2003||Returned to his junior team (Red Deer-WHL).|
|1/31/2010||Toronto Maple Leafs traded Ian White, Matt Stajan, Nicklas Hagman and Jamal Mayers to the Calgary Flames for Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie and Fredrik Sjostrom.|
|6/21/2003||Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round (9th overall) in 2003.|
Phaneuf and a pick to Cats for 1st overall? | 06/21/2014 11:05 AM
NewsThere are rumors circulating that the Maple Leafs are trying hard to trade Dion Phaneuf and the eighth pick overall to the Panthers for the first pick overall.
ImpactAlthough that may be nothing more than wishful thinking on the Buds part. If they do manage to pull that off, the Leafs are expected to select Kingston center Sam Bennet with the pick. Stay tuned.
Shanahan intends to keep 'C' on Dion Phaneuf | 05/15/2014 11:11 AM
NewsToronto team president Brendan Shanahan has no plans to strip Dion Phaneuf of his captaincy.
Impact"I don't know if it is a solution," said Shanahan. "I think it's a cop-out, to a certain degree an easy way out. Has it happened on some teams? Yes. Is it something I'm thinking about since I've been here? Ultimately this will be a group decision. But I can tell you it's not something I've contemplated. Just the opposite. I want to help enhance the player and leader that Dion is." Shanahan feels that Phaneuf was trying to be too many things at once during the season and his play suffered at times because of it. Despite the recent trade rumors, it sounds like the Leafs' new president wants to keep Phaneuf in the fold heading into next season.
Report: Leafs open to trading Dion Phaneuf | 05/12/2014 7:00 AM
NewsThe Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly shopping captain Dion Phaneuf to Western Conference teams, according to independent sources of Rogers Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos.
ImpactPhaneuf's seven-year, $49 million contract kicks in next season. The Leafs received some calls for their top blueliner during the year, so they know there is some interest in him. His leadership has come under question and it was reported that Toronto is looking to make roster changes during the off-season to shake up their team culture. If they were to find a trading partner, the Leafs would probably have to eat some salary to facilitate the deal.
Dion Phaneuf struggling down the stretch | 04/08/2014 9:56 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf's performance has plummeted at the same pace as the Leafs' playoff hopes lately, as the Captain has just one assist and a -11 rating over his past nine games.
ImpactPhaneuf was enjoying a superb season until Toronto's losing streak hit last month, with 30 points and a +14 rating in 66 games before this disappointing stretch. Poor goaltending, disastrous giveaways and a drop off in energy have contributed to this Leaf's demise.
Dion Phaneuf collects two points in loss | 03/16/2014 8:30 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf factored into both Toronto Maple Leafs goals (one tally, one assist) in a 4-2 loss against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
ImpactPhaneuf now has 29 points, a +13 rating, 109 PIM, 123 SOG and 195 hits on the season. He also has 131 blocked shots, making him especially useful in leagues with gritty stats.
Dion Phaneuf (flu) probable to play Sunday | 03/15/2014 5:05 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf is dealing with the flu.
Mark Masters on Twitter
ImpactCoach Randy Carlyle said that Phaneuf is "probable" to play Sunday against Washington, so we'll keep him active for now. He hasn't eaten in a couple of days and is getting an IV for fluids.
Dion Phaneuf scores PPG against Kings | 03/14/2014 9:49 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf scored his seventh goal of the 2013-14 campaign in Thursday's win over Los Angeles.
ImpactThe Toronto captain has a goal and two assists in his last four games. Phaneuf has 27 points and 107 penalty minutes in 66 matches this year. He has also been credited with 193 hits and 131 blocks.
Phaneuf to play Saturday v Flyers | 03/08/2014 10:37 AM
NewsDespite sitting out practice Friday, the Maple Leafs expect Dion Phaneuf to be in the lineup against the Flyers Saturday night.
ImpactIs that a big sigh of relief Phaneuf owners?
Dion Phaneuf registers an assist Saturday | 03/02/2014 11:07 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf recorded an assist in Toronto's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday.
ImpactPhaneuf has six goals and 24 points in 60 games this season. Not counting the shortened season, Phaneuf has never finished with less than 30 points, but he's cutting it close this time.
Dion Phaneuf scores in OT loss to Islanders | 02/28/2014 10:09 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf found the back of the net in Toronto's overtime loss to the Islanders Thursday.
ImpactThe Leafs captain has six goals, 114 shots and 23 points in 59 matches this season. Phaneuf has also earned a plus-20 rating to go with 171 hits and 112 blocked shots. Phaneuf doesn't score like he used to, but he still records fairly well-rounded statistics.
Dion Phaneuf gets a goal versus Winnipeg | 01/26/2014 10:39 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf scored a goal in Toronto's 5-4 overtime defeat on Saturday.
ImpactPhaneuf has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has five goals and 21 points in 52 games this season.
Dion Phaneuf earns 2 assists Wednesday | 01/02/2014 10:54 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf collected two assists in the Winter Classic on Wednesday.
ImpactHis efforts helped the Leafs earn a 3-2 shootout win against Detroit in front of a record crowd at the Big House. Phaneuf, who just received a lucrative seven-year extension from Toronto, logged a game-high 28:24 of ice time and he finished with a plus-2 rating.
Leafs lock up Dion Phaneuf with a 7-year deal | 12/31/2013 10:31 AM
NewsThe Toronto Maple Leafs have officially announced Dion Phaneuf's seven-year extension.
ImpactTSN's Darren Dreger reported over the weekend that Phaneuf's contract will pay him $49 million. "Dion is our team leader and has been a pillar in our building process," said GM Dave Nonis in a statement. "He has proven to be a very durable and reliable defenceman in all facets of the game. He plays big minutes in every situation for us and we're pleased to have him under contract for the next seven seasons." The Leafs' captain has 15 points, 102 hits, 50 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating in 39 contests this campaign.
Reports: Phaneuf nears 7-year deal with Leafs | 12/29/2013 1:16 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf and the Leafs are nearing a seven-year contract extension, according to multiple reports.
ImpactIt appears this could get done very soon. Leafs' assistant general manager Claude Loiselle indicated a deal is close on "HBO 24/7." Though he didn't reveal specifics, Loiselle said that everything has been agreed upon, and that a limited no-trade clause is the only part still to be hashed out. Sportsnet has been reporting since October it would be a seven-year deal, while ESPN's Pierre LeBrun and TSN's Darren Dreger are now also saying the same thing. Dreger says the deal could be worth $49 million. Phaneuf has 14 points in 38 games this season, while averaging 24:23 of ice time.
Toronto might lock up Dion Phaneuf soon | 12/24/2013 4:02 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf might sign an extension by the end of December.
ImpactThe Maple Leafs certainly have the cap space to make it work and they should be motivated given how much he means to their team both on the ice and in the lockerroom. Phaneuf is actually having a bit of an off season from a fantasy perspective with 13 points in 37 contests, but we like his chances of doing better in the second half of 2013-14.
Dion Phaneuf finishes serving suspension | 12/13/2013 7:55 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf has finished serving his two-game suspension.
ImpactHe was banned for a hit from behind on Boston defenseman Kevan Miller. Phaneuf will be eligible to return in Saturday's match-up against Chicago. Don't forget to get him back in your lineup.
NHL hands Dion Phaneuf a two-game suspension | 12/10/2013 12:13 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf has been suspended for two games by the NHL.
ImpactPhaneuf is being punished for boarding Boston's Kevan Miller during Saturday's game. There wasn't a penalty as a result of the late third period play, but Phaneuf isn't eligible to return to the Maple Leafs' lineup until Dec. 14. He has two goals and 12 points in 31 games this season.
Dion Phaneuf faces hearing for hit on Miller | 12/09/2013 9:35 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf will have a disciplinary hearing over the phone on Tuesday for an incident that occurred late in Boston's win over Toronto on Sunday night.
ImpactHe hit Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller into the boards from behind, but wasn't assessed a penalty on the play. Miller had to the leave for the dressing room to be looked at, but he's projected to play Tuesday night.
Leafs, Dion Phaneuf negotiating new deal | 10/29/2013 7:43 PM
NewsThe Toronto Maple Leafs began contract negotiations with captain Dion Phaneuf ahead of his impending unrestricted free agency at the end of this season.
ImpactPhaneuf currently earns $6.5 million per year, and the 28-year-old is in line for a major extension. He plays over 24 minutes a game, logging extremely difficult and important minutes against top opponents. The 6'3, 213 pound defenseman quarterbacks the powerplay, kills penalties and ranks fifth amongst defensemen with 40 hits through 12 games, in which he has two goals and six points. Phaneuf is reportedly seeking a long term deal worth just over $7-million per year.
Phaneuf plays strong two-way game vs. Ducks | 10/23/2013 8:50 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf enjoyed a strong game for the Maple Leafs Tuesday night.
ImpactHe scored his second goal of the year and totaled a game-high six hits in a 4-2 win over Anaheim. The Leafs played a much better defensive game and their penalty kill, which Phaneuf was a key member of, came through in the contest. The Toronto captain has five points, 32 hits, 20 blocks and a plus-5 rating in 10 games this campaign.
Dion Phaneuf considered overrated again | 10/05/2013 11:46 AM
NewsAn ESPN poll puts Dion Phaneuf at the top of the most overrated players in the NHL.
ImpactIt's third time this has happened to Phaneuf who received the same dishonor from Sports Illustrated last season and the year before. If this continues, he is going to wind up with a complex. Phaneuf is a solid fantasy player who should get 40-50 points with 100-plus penalty minutes and a lot of blocked shots and hits. He is a top-ten defenseman in fantasy hockey.
Phaneuf open to negotiating during season | 09/04/2013 1:00 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf wouldn't mind talking about a contract extension during the season.
ImpactPhaneuf is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014, but some players avoid talking about an extension during the season for fear that it will be a distraction. "We haven't talked yet, but there's lots of time left," Phaneuf said. "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." He's spent parts of the last four seasons with Toronto and is a great offensive defenseman in addition to his role as team captain.
Dion Phaneuf would like to stay in Toronto | 08/27/2013 11:03 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf isn't worried about his expiring contract situation.
Impact"That's part of the business and I said it two weeks ago when I did an interview, I love playing in Toronto," said the Leafs captain. "I want to win in Toronto and I really like the team that we have and the direction we're going. The contract stuff, there's going to be lots of talk about it, but that's the business of this game and the business stuff will take care of itself." Phaneuf is currently at Canada's orientation camp in Calgary and he'd like to be chosen for a roster spot at the Olympics. He knows that getting off to a good start will be important, but he also understands that his job is to be "focused on your team first and foremost and play your game and give yourself the best opportunity by playing well."
Nonis: No reason to think Phaneuf won't stay | 08/16/2013 8:59 PM
NewsMaple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said there's "no reason to think" Dion Phaneuf won't remain with Toronto.
ImpactPhaneuf is entering the final year of his contract. Nonis said he hasn't had any contract talks with the Leaf captain, but Nonis remains confident Phaneuf won't be leave Toronto anytime soon. "Obviously Dion is a core part of our team," Nonis said. "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."
Former Leafs suit says Oilers want Phaneuf | 07/13/2013 9:16 PM
NewsFormer Toronto Maple Leafs exec GM Bill Waters floated a rumor that the Edmonton Oilers might be interested in Dion Phaneuf.
Pro Hockey Talk
ImpactWhile it's important to note that this is purely conjecture, there are a few reasons why it might make some sense. Dave Nonis said Toronto would be willing to hear offers for any player, the Oilers have said they want to make bold moves and Edmonton's defense is considered a significant weakness. Overall, it would be a shocking development, however.
Nonis can't envision trading Dion Phaneuf | 06/28/2013 9:11 PM
NewsNo player on the Toronto Maple Leafs is untouchable, but Leafs GM Dave Nonis doesn't think he'll trade captain Dion Phaneuf.
Impact"He's done a very good job for us," Nonis said, referring to Phaneuf. "Dion gets a bad rap by some people in Toronto. He took a big step for us last year. He was a significant part of our team. I don't envision moving Dion." There had been some speculation that Toronto might attempt to deal Phaneuf, especially seeing as he only has one season remaining on his contract. Phaneuf had nine goals and 28 points in 48 games last season.
Report: Leafs listen to offers for 'anyone' | 06/23/2013 2:57 PM
NewsRumors swirl that the Toronto Maple Leafs are open-minded about trading just about anyone on their roster, including captain Dion Phaneuf.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactGM Dave Nonis said he hasn't heard an offer for Phaneuf specifically, however. The team has some immediate questions to answer contract-wise this summer and only have Phaneuf and Phil Kessel locked up through 2013-14, so this could just be the beginning of an interesting transformation in Toronto.
Dion Phaneuf atones with goal in Game 6 | 05/13/2013 1:37 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf atoned for his overtime mistake in Game 4 by scoring the opening goal of the contest in Toronto's Game 6 victory over Boston.
ImpactHe redirected a shot from Nazem Kadri 1:48 into the third period in what would become a 2-1 Leafs' win. "I felt I owed it to the guys," said Phaneuf. "It was a mistake I didn't feel too good about. Obviously, with our last game in here, I didn't feel great about the outcome." He didn't make a good pinch in overtime, but he had a strong showing in Game 6 and now the Leafs and Bruins will face in a winner take all match-up on Monday night.
Dion Phaneuf owns up to his mistake | 05/09/2013 1:44 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf owned up to his mistake in overtime that put Toronto down 3-1 to Boston on Wednesday night.
ImpactHe pinched inside the Boston blueline and tried to hit Nathan Horton, but the Bruins continued their rush up the ice and scored the game-winning goal. "It was a bad mistake," Phaneuf said after the game. "At a bad time to make it ... What else do you want me to say?" The Toronto captain has one assist and a minus-4 rating in four games versus Boston in the first round of the playoffs. He'll need to be better in Game 5 if the Leafs want to extend the series.
Dion Phaneuf finishes season with 28 points | 04/28/2013 10:46 AM
NewsDion Phaneuf recorded an assist in Toronto's season finale.
ImpactPhaneuf finished the season with nine goals and 28 points in 48 games. That ended his streak of seven-straight seasons of at least 30 points, but of course, that's only because this was a lockout shortened campaign. Phaneuf isn't one of the league's top blueliners from a fantasy perspective, but he is one of the safest bets to put up solid numbers every season.
Dion Phaneuf happy to share leadership role | 04/24/2013 12:11 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf has been able to share Toronto's leadership duties this season, which has helped his contributions on the ice.
Impact"Everyone leads in their own way," he said. "It's not just the guys wearing the letters. It's collectively as a group. It definitely takes a load off the guys who are wearing the letters when there's that shared leadership." Phaneuf is among the league-leaders in ice time (25:24) this year and he has produced nine goals, 27 points and 51 penalty minutes in 45 games. He also has 122 hits, 86 blocks and a minus-1 rating in what has been a strong year for the Leafs captain.
Dion Phaneuf registered 2 assists in loss | 04/04/2013 10:10 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf picked up a pair of assists for the Maple Leafs in Thursday's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia.
ImpactThe Toronto captain has now amassed 23 points in 37 contests, which puts him on his best scoring pace in years. Nikolai Kulemin, John-Michael Liles and James van Riemsdyk all scored for the Maple Leafs in a losing effort.
Dion Phaneuf shines in win over Hurricanes | 03/28/2013 10:07 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf was a monster on Thursday as the Maple Leafs registered a 6-3 comeback win over Carolina.
ImpactThe Toronto captain picked up a goal and two assists to go with a plus-3 rating and four shots on goal in the victory. Tyler Bozak also enjoyed a big night with a goal and two assists of his own along with a plus-4 rating while Joffrey Lupul and Nikolai Kulemin each picked up a goal and an assist in the win. Cody Franson and Jay McClement rounded out the scoring for Toronto.
Leafs' struggles in Boston continue | 03/08/2013 11:22 AM
NewsThe Leafs have not won in Boston in 716 days.
ImpactStill, the Leafs are 15-10-0 on the season and weren't too upset with how they played in the 4-2 loss. "I feel we played a lot better than the score reflected," said Dion Phaneuf. "The effort was there. Sometimes you just don't get the reward for that effort."
Dion Phaneuf riding a four-game point streak | 02/17/2013 12:32 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf is currently riding a four-game point streak.
ImpactPhaneuf has two goals and three assists in that span. However, the Leafs captain has been struggling offensively this season with only six points in 15 games. Phaneuf should continue to see major minutes on Toronto's beleaguered blue line in this shortened 48-game season.
Dion Phaneuf feels points 'will come' | 02/09/2013 3:31 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf contributed an assist in Toronto's opener against Montreal and he's been held without a point in 10 games since then.
ImpactHe isn't concerned with his lack of production because he feels the points "will come." The Toronto captain knows he just has to "keep shooting." He has been credited with 23 shots this year and is third in the league in average ice time per game at 27:35, so he'll get his chances. Phaneuf also has 26 hits and 19 blocked shots.
Carlyle admits he over-played Dion Phaneuf | 01/29/2013 7:03 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf played over 32 minutes during Saturday's 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers, a number that coach Randy Carlyle admits is too high.
ImpactCarlyle says it came about as a result of the Leafs' poor play in their own zone. "I felt we should have him on for every defensive zone face-off and then, when we didn't execute off the defensive zone face-off to get the puck out of our zone, we got trapped in our zone too many times with him on the ice," Carlyle said. Phaneuf, who holds a -8 rating on the season, says he doesn't ask questions about his ice time and it's up to him to be more efficient when he's on the ice. The negative rating hurts owners, but Phaneuf remains one of the most reliable fantasy defensemen and should continue to see major minutes on Toronto's beleaguered blue line.
Dion Phaneuf hopes fans are pumped | 01/07/2013 4:04 PM
NewsDion Phaneuf is eager to get back to playing and he hopes the fans are equally as excited.
Impact"It's good to be back," the Toronto captain said. "We apologize for not playing. We hope the fans understand that we were ready to start in September and we were locked out. It happens in pro sports. But we have the best fans in the world. We hope they come back." Phaneuf didn't seek employment overseas during the lockout. He worked out in Toronto and played in some charity games instead.
|Goals||1||8 times-last:at Wsh||last:Mar 16||1|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:at Det||last:Jan 1||3|
|Points||2||3 times-last:at Wsh||last:Mar 16||3|
|Penalty Minutes||24||vs. Cgy||Apr 1||12|
|Plus/Minus||3||2 times-last:vs. Car||last:Dec 29||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:at LA||last:Mar 13||1|
|Power Play Points||1||11 times-last:at LA||last:Mar 13||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||80 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||vs. Pit||Oct 26||0|
|Shots||7||vs. Ott||Feb 1||6|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2011-12 (Tor)|
|Penalty Minutes||182||2007-08 (Cgy)|
|Power Play Goals||16||2005-06 (Cgy)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2007-08 (Cgy)|
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