Calgary, Alberta – (AP) Dion Phaneuf is coming home to try to finish what he started.
After weeks of speculation about the Calgary Flames’ plans at the trade deadline, they have finally decided they are buyers instead of sellers. They remain six points out of a playoff spot with 28 games to play so the situation is definitely precarious in the crowded Western Conference playoff picture. Phaneuf started his career in Calgary in 2003 when he was drafted ninth overall.
“The fans deserve it. The window is open….maybe not as wide as we want…but it’s open,” said Phil Macioce, GM of the Flames.
In SSG’s first ever 3-way deal Toronto, Edomonton, and Calgary tried to right the direction of at least three of the NHL’s Canadian teams by helping each other out.
The Oilers received three prime prospects from both the Leafs and the Flames, the Leafs obtained Jordan Eberle from Edmonton, and Calgary welcomes home Dion Phaneuf to give them a very potent corps of six defensemen.
They will throw out their new lineup in front of the home fans tonight when they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to town, one of the teams they are chasing.
“It definitely will be like a playoff atmosphere…and that’s what we’re aiming for here. Dion will definitely bring us some toughness and skating ability at the blue-line we’ve been lacking. We really hate to lose a prospect like Emile Poirier but you have to give to get.”
With the trade deadline still days away, Macioce would not speculate on whether the Flames are done dealing or if a string of losses in the meantime would change the team’s thought process.