So long, Dion

Jean Lefebvre
January 31 2010 10:04AM

Blockbuster deal for the Flames -- Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and prospect Keith Aulie traded to Toronto for Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers.

There's a mere difference of approximately $400,000 (in Calgary's favour) with the salaries of the players involved. Mayers and Stajan are UFAs this summer and White is an RFA, so it may eventually be far more significant that Calgary saves more than $4 million in cap space for 2010-11.

Many will be surprised that Darryl Sutter parted with a fellow who seemed like a son (or at least like a nephew) to him.

In addition to saying the trade framework changed many times before completion, Leafs GM Brian Burke added: "Darryl is a smart man and a tough negotiator."

Burke also claims Sutter was the "innovator" who salvaged the deal when it appeared negotiations were at an impasse.

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Lefebvre is in that awkward stage of hockey following -- old enough to fondly remember the Cleveland Barons and too set in his ways to accept charity points and games where there's a winner but apparently no loser. As a long-time ink-stained wretch, he's also a firm believer in the old Bobby Knight quote about journalists: "All of us learn to write in second grade, but most of us go on to better things."
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#1 Mamie Jacoun
January 31 2010, 10:19AM
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So how did the Flames think this would help with their scoring problems or did their 6 against the Oil solve their woes. Stajan?? Hagman?? and Mayers another pair of knuckles. White is a great addition for the D (can get minutes and play the PP).

Love Burkies comment about DS...and just after making that comment muttered to himself how he just screwed Sutter.

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#2 b1ackhat
January 31 2010, 03:56PM
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I think that this is a very good deal for the Flames. Phaneuf was becoming a Cancer in the room. Now they have space to go out and get new talent.

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#3 cdrove
January 31 2010, 04:50PM
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b1ackhat wrote:

I think that this is a very good deal for the Flames. Phaneuf was becoming a Cancer in the room. Now they have space to go out and get new talent.

I couldn't agree less. If this is all the Flames could get for Phaneuf they should have held on. Sutter got robbed.

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