Teams are telling me the Maple Leafs are working hard to trade Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf today. #tvasports
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) March 2, 2015
It seems like the talks around Phaneuf have really been elevated over the last week, with the Wings being thrown out there a few times as potential suitors. TSN’s Bob McKenzie indicated yesterday evening that Detroit has had some internal discussions about pursuing the Leafs’ Phaneuf and/or Lupul, though the Erik Cole trade obviously takes them out of the picture on Lupul.
Leafs with largest potential to make a deadline day splash. Told Detroit among 3 teams most interested in Dion Phaneuf. Just talk thus far.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 2, 2015
Kessel’s name being thrown out there is surprising, as it probably makes more sense for the Leafs to hold off and see what the draft brings. They’re very much in the lottery for Connor McDavid, and with a player like that entering the fold right away, they could accelerate a rebuild by holding on to an elite winger in Kessel.