For those of us who were part of the Dion-palooza media circus here last season, it comes as a much-welcomed relief that the hype machine has pretty much been muzzled concerning Phaneuf's return to Calgary this time around. It was fourteen months ago that Dion Phaneuf made his first visit to the Saddledome in a Maple Leafs jersey. It was a day filled with boos from the fans and questions from reporters, many centred on perceived mistakes of behaviour Phaneuf allegedly made both on and off the ice during his roller-coaster ride in this hockey-crazed town. Now, with Phaneuf coming back to make his second appearance here since being traded to Toronto, the locals pretty much agree that, two years after the polarizing defenceman was sent to the Leafs along with defence prospect Keith Aulie and forward Freddie Sjostrom for forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White, the Leafs fleeced the Flames in that trade. Trying to convince Calgarians that Phaneuf has changed his ways, whether he's wearing a hockey jersey or a three-piece suit, well, that seems to be a tougher sell.
The maturation of Phaneuf
Toronto Sun | Feb 14