Phaneuf's dismal season and big contract fueled talk that he would be moved. Despite his problems, Phaneuf had the fourth-most ice time in the NHL, averaging 26 minutes and 31 seconds per game. He played all but three games this year, missing two due to suspension and one because of an injury.
Phaneuf's average ice time was the most on the team for defensemen. He usually spent more than 30 minutes a game on the ice.
Phaneuf has been criticized for being overpaid and not producing enough to justify it. But even after signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer, there still might be a place for him in the lineup. The Maple Leafs have nine other defensemen on their roster, so perhaps they plan to give Phaneuf a chance to win a job. He could be a good fit with the team that selected him first overall in the 2003 NHL Draft.
Phaneuf had a career high in goals last season with 27 and assists with 49. Before this year, his highest point total was 52 in 2009-10. He will be 30 next month and has only two years left on his current deal with the Maple Leafs. It's possible they trade him before then if they feel like they can get better results from another defenseman.
When Phaneuf was bought out of the last two seasons of his contract with the Los Angeles Kings on June 15, 2019, he made it obvious that he thought he had hockey left in him and that he could assist a club trying to win the Stanley Cup. Phaneuf had a successful NHL career. As a defenseman, he was involved in almost every significant moment during games for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Kings. He is one of only four defensemen to score over 100 points in the history of the league. His number 1 has been retired by the Kings.
Phaneuf's career came to an abrupt end in January 2018 when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood cells that often affects older people.
The disease first showed up in 2008, when Phaneuf was playing for the Leafs. At the time, he had a bone marrow transplant but it did not cure his cancer. In 2009, he returned to play after taking some time off, but he never played another game for Toronto. He ended up finishing out the season with the Kings and then was bought out of the final two years of his contract on June 15, 2019.
Since retiring from hockey, Phaneuf has been working with the Canadian Cancer Society as a volunteer ambassador. He has also spoken about his experience with cancer and how it has affected his life.
The Leafs only made the Stanley Cup Playoffs once in Phaneuf's seven seasons in Toronto, when he recorded 45 goals and 196 points. On Feb. 9, 2016, with the team floundering and in need of a shakeup, Phaneuf was part of a nine-player deal with the Ottawa Senators. The move sent Phil Kessel to Toronto in return for Phaneuf and three prospects. In 52 games this season, Phaneuf has four goals and 22 assists.
He won the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman in 2011-12. The following season, he helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win their first championship in franchise history. They went on to win again in 2014-15.
Phaneuf was born on January 4, 1984, in Scarborough, Ontario. He grew up in Whitby and played junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. The Generals won the Memorial Cup in 1997. Phaneuf was drafted second overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2003 NHL Draft. He spent seven seasons with the club before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in 2010. After one season with the Coyotes, Phaneuf joined the Maple Leafs as a free agent.
He is the younger brother of New York Islanders defenceman Paul Phaneuf. Their father, George, was an all-star defenceman in the 1980s with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers.
Phaneuf was a regular appearance at Toronto events, frequently attending fundraisers, promotional activities, and visiting patients at Sick Kids Hospital. Dion Phaneuf was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on April 11, 1985, to Paul, a construction worker, and Amber, a nurse, both of whom were born in the province of Prince Edward Island.
Phaneuf's dismal season and big contract fueled talk that he would be moved. Despite his problems, Phaneuf had the fourth-most ice time in the NHL, averaging 26 minutes and 31 seconds per game.
Though Phaneuf has not officially retired, he may be sensing the end of his career. He hasn't been offered a suitable NHL contract yet, assuming he's been offered any at all. Phaneuf looks to be preparing for the next chapter of his life, whenever that may be. He'll turn 30 in April.
Phaneuf announced his retirement on social media in late June but the post was soon deleted. It's possible that he has changed his mind but it also could be that he is trying to show respect for those who might still want him in a Ottawa Senators uniform.
In any case, this seems like it's goodbye for now and we should all be ready for something new from Dion Phaneuf.
From 2010 until 2016, Phaneuf was the Maple Leafs' captain. On February 2, 2010, Phaneuf made his Toronto Maple Leafs debut, leading all Maple Leafs players in ice time and finishing the night with a fight, earning him the second star of the game.
Phaneuf, Dion Dion Phaneuf (born April 10, 1985) is a professional ice hockey defenseman from Canada. He is an unrestricted free agent at the moment. He has formerly played with the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Los Angeles Kings (NHL).
Phaneuf forfeited US $66,666.66 as a result of his activities. The Maple Leafs, who were once again floundering, opted to begin a rebuilding process in early 2015. As a result, Phaneuf, a veteran defenseman with a long contract, began to be shopped about.
"There were a lot of huge people back there." In 1,048 games with the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Senators, and Kings, Phaneuf has 494 points (137 goals, 357 assists). He won the Norris Trophy in 2006-07.
Phaneuf was traded to the Flames on June 30, 2013. He had one goal and six assists in 41 games before being sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the NHL Trade Deadline. Phaneuf played his 500th game in the NHL on April 13, 2014 vs. Vancouver.
He won the Stanley Cup with the Ottawa Senators in 2002 and 2011, and the Canadian Olympic Gold Medal in Salt Lake City in 2002. The native of Scarborough, Ontario has also won two Art Ross Trophies as the top scorer in the NHL.
Phaneuf's wife, Amy, died in August 2013 after a battle with cancer. They had three children together.
Phaneuf is a large part of why the Senators are a successful team. He leads all defensemen in the NHL this season with 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists).
Phaneuf was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft.
Phaneuf has three NHL All-Star appearances. In his international career, he has represented Canada five times, earning a silver medal and a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2004 and 2005, respectively, as well as a gold medal at the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. He also played in the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he helped Canada to a gold medal.
He has been selected to the Canadian Olympic Team for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Dion Phaneuf was born on January 4th, 1984 in Montreal, Quebec. He is a professional ice hockey player who plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Before joining the Senators, he played for the Phoenix Coyotes for eight seasons. During that time, he won a Stanley Cup with the team in Glendale, Arizona in 2009. Before coming to North America, Phaneuf played one season with the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL, before moving to Switzerland to play with Genève-Servette HC. There, he won another championship in 2011. After two more successful years with Genève-Servette, Phaneuf returned home to play with the Phoenix Coyotes again. This time, he won the President's Trophy as the league's best defensive player after having 99 points through the regular season.