The Trade Winds, They Are A Blowin’

Well, the first move of the trade season has been made.  According to TSN:

The Calgary Flames have traded defenceman Dion Phaneuf, forwardFredrik Sjostrom, and prospect defenceman Keith Aulie to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Matt StajanNiklas Hagman,Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White.

Personally, I don’t like this trade.  The Leafs have gotten a greatly overrated defenseman in exchange for two of their better offensive talents — something that the team is greatly lacking at the moment.

This trade could end up being one of a player who just needed a change of scenery, but right now I’d have to give the edge to Calgary on this one, as they unloaded Phaneuf’s monster salary and they also picked up two players who can contribute on the offensive side of the puck in Stajan and Hagman.

Here’s what Brian Burke had to say:

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