Dion Phaneuf had a well-rounded season from a fantasy perspective in 2016-17, notching 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists), 100 PIM, 156 shots on goal, 132 hits and 156 blocked shots in 81 games. The veteran blueliner has been a multi-category contributor throughout his 12-year NHL career, and there's no reason to believe that's going to change in 2017-18. Phaneuf is getting up there in age at 32 years old, but he's shown no signs of slowing down offensively thus far, so fantasy owners can expect production in the neighborhood of 30 points and 150 shots on goal next season. Those offensive totals alone don't necessarily make Phaneuf an enticing fantasy option in shallower leagues, but his contributions in PIM, hits and blocked shots serve to bolster his value considerably in formats that count those stats.
Phaneuf (wrist) has a list of 12 teams to which he'd allow himself to be traded, NHL.com reports. The veteran blueliner's contract contains both a no-move and modified no-trade clause, making it a requirement for the Senators to protect him in the Vegas expansion draft. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that he wouldn't agree to a trade if it meets his personal requirements. A team like Detroit could certainly use a proven, two-way contributor on the blue line like Phaneuf, though he'll command $7 million per season through 2020-21 and that's a hefty price tag for a guy who's arguably past his prime at the age of 32. Additionally, there could be some concern over the wrist injury that bothered him in the playoffs.
Phaneuf (wrist) is not expected to waive his no-movement clause, Bob McKenzie of the Hockey Insider reports. As is his right with a no-movement clause, Phaneuf wants to stay put in Ottawa, meaning he will not be exposed in the expansion draft. The Senators expected more than 30 points last season for the $7 million cap hit they took, but now they'll likely have to free up cap space by exposing a different, expensive blueliner such as Marc Methot, who carries a cap hit of $4.9 million. Phaneuf's decision makes things tougher on the Eastern Conference finalists as the expansion draft nears and serious questions loom on the Sens' roster.
Ottawa has requested that Phaneuf (wrist) waive his no-movement clause in order to expose him in the expansion draft, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. Much like the Maple Leafs before them, the Senators are looking to get out from under Phaneuf's $7 million annual cap hit -- which goes through 2020-21 -- in order to free up money to spend elsewhere. The Golden Knights are likely to be looking to get above the cap floor, which could encourage them to take on the 32-year-old. While Phaneuf had a solid season (30 points in 81 games), he didn't put up the type of numbers an organization expects given his high price tag. If the veteran refuses to waive the clause, Ottawa could enter the offseason with just under $8 million in cap space and serious holes to fill at forward.
Phaneuf had an injured wrist through the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports. The blueliner was pointless in his last 11 playoff games, which could be attributed to his injury. Phaneuf had 30 points in 81 regular-season games -- his best total since scoring 31 in 2013-14.
Phaneuf was held pointless with a minus-5 rating over the final 11 games of the playoffs. The veteran blueliner set up two scores against the Rangers in Game 2 of the conference semifinals, only to go ice cold offensively the rest of the way. However, his physical play was on full display throughout the postseason, as he compiled 30 hits and half as many PIM. An alternate captain for the Sens, Phaneuf is under contract through the 2020-21 season, banking a whopping $7 million per season with performance bonuses included.
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