It was an anniversary marked by Maple Leafs' defenceman Dion Phaneuf, once again, promising better times ahead.

It was one year ago Monday that Phaneuf arrived in Toronto, with prospect Keith Aulie, as the centrepiece in a blockbuster deal in exchange for Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers.

Phaneuf, named Toronto's captain in the summer, was supposed to lead a Leafs' resurgence but his inconsistent play, low production and a severe leg laceration that cost him 16 games are a big part of why the team comes out of the all-star break 14 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.