I will say I love how aggressive Brian Burke is when it comes to players he wants, especially on defense, and I was surprised they were able to acquire Phaneuf. The Giguere deal was a good one for the Leafs. He has been on their radar for some time. They get out of two more years of Jason Blake at 4 million dollars, and although he has been one of their leading scorers, his money could be used elsewhere. Toskala has sucked as is a free agent at years end anyways. Giguere has one more year on his deal.
The Phaneuf trade was highway robbery in my opinion. I know Phaneuf’s value is low, but the kid is still young and has a lot of potential. Phaneuf has 4 more years on his deal. Ian White has played well and will be an RFA at seasons end and in line for a big payday. Matt Stajan is an impending UFA. Nicklas Hagman has two more years left on his contract. Jamal Mayers was a throw in and on the block anyways. I know Pekese said it was an overpayment, but guys like Hagman, Stajan, and Mayers are a dime a dozen player, easy to replace via draft of free agency. White was good, but you already have an offensive guy in Kaberle and they upgraded with Phaneuf. They lost a lot of offense, which is good for B’s fans, but they are building towards next season.
I find it sad though a team in 2nd to last place is willing to make a move to improve, when the B’s just stand pat. The return for Phaneuf is a lot less than people expected, as I have said with these monster moves.
Bruins equivalent to this deal? Michael Ryder playing well, Matt Hunwick last year, Shawn Thornton and a crappy version of David Krejci a few years older with an expiring contract. Hmm…I’d make that deal.