Jan 31 2010
A huge deal between two Canadian teams just got confirmed in the NHL. And it’s a whopper!
The Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs have swapped multiple players in a deal that looks to shake both teams up and hopefully get the wins coming in faster. From Calgary we have star defenceman Dion Phanuef, forward Fredrik Sjostrom, and defenceman Keith Aulie move to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White.
The Maple Leafs and Flames have been working on the components of this blockbuster for a week to ten days, but sources say the details of the deal didn’t fall into place until late last night. The Flames were mired in its worst slump (0-6-3) since an 11-game losing streak in 1986 before getting on the winning side of the tracks on Saturday night with a 6-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in the Battle of Alberta.
The Maple Leafs are coming off a dramatic loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday evening, giving up a three-goal first period lead before falling 5-3. With the loss, coupled with Carolina’s 4-2 victory over Chicago, Toronto now sits 29th in the NHL standings.