The Toronto Maple Leafs traded veteran defenceman and captain Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday in a nine-player deal.
Along with Phaneuf, the Leafs send forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and defence prospect Cody Donaghey to the Senators in exchange for defenceman Jared Cowen, forwards Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg as well as Ottawa’s second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
No salary will be retained by either team over the trade’s entirety.
"This was a transaction that certainly wasn't for today," Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello said.
Phaneuf, 30, has three goals and 24 points assists in 51 games with the Leafs this season. He has five years remaining on a seven-year contract he signed two seasons ago worth an average annual value of $7 million.
"We don't expect him to come in here to be a saviour," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said. "We expect him to come here and just be the hockey player he is. He's a real good person. (He) competes, he wants to win.
"He's been in a tough environment. He's been judged very tough in the environment he's in."
Originally selected ninth overall by the Calgary Flames in 2003, Phaneuf has scored 120 goals and 424 points in 801 career games with the Flames and Maple Leafs.
Toronto acquired Phaneuf from Calgary in a seven-player blockbuster in January of 2010 and he was named the 18th captain in franchise history prior to the 2010-11 season.
Michalek has appeared in 32 games this season for the Senators and has six goals and four assists along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.
He was drafted in the first round, sixth overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks.
Cowen, 25, has played 37 games for the Senators this season and has four assists and a plus-7 rating.
By The Numbers
|LEAFS VS. SENATORS|
|At Toronto March 5|
|At Ottawa March 12|
|Feb 2008 - Signed 6 year Contract Extension with Flames|
|Jan 2010 - Traded (7 player deal) to Toronto|
|June 2010 - Named Toronto Captain|
|Dec 2013 - Signed 7 year contract extension with Leafs|
|Feb 2016 - Traded (9 player deal) to Ottawa|
|PHANEUF RANKINGS SINCE TRADE TO TORONTO|
|Hits 1113 (14th)|
|PP Points 99 (18th)|
|Points 196 (22nd)|
|Blocked Shots 723 (32nd)|
|D-MEN POINTS LEADERS SINCE KARLSSON CAME INTO NHL|
|Rank Season GP G A Pts|
|1 Erik Karlsson 451 95 267 362|
|2 Duncan Keith 490 51 268 319|
|3 Keith Yandle 513 62 244 306|
|4 Shea Weber 496 112 192 304|
|5 Kris Letang 389 57 216 273|
|23 Dion Phaneuf 478 55 163 218|
|D-MEN CAP HITS NEXT SEASON|
|Phaneuf cap hit $7m (ranks 6th next season)|
|Karlsson cap hit $6.5m (ranks 11th next season)|
|WORST GA/G THIS SEASON|
|Columbus Blue Jackets 3.11|
|Arizona Coyotes 3.1|
|Ottawa Senators 3.07|
|Edmonton Oilers 3.04|
|Calgary Flames 2.90|