Let’s be real here – Phaneuf had to go. That said, I found the trade surprising – considering that we recently resigned. I’m not sure that the boys in Ottawa are completely thrilled by this though. Here’s what the captain of the Senators had to say after hearing the news:
Honestly, it has to be tough on Phaneuf too. Even though he’s just heading up the road – going to the Sens is like heading into the snake pit, stepping foot on enemy territory. Plus, part of him had to think that he would finish his NHL days as a Leaf.
It had to happen though. Phaneuf has lost his value. He doesn’t have the edge he once had. Believe it or not, Phaneuf used to be an asset to our team. Which is why I thought it would be a nice thing to remember Phaneuf for what he was…when he still remembered how to play hockey.