I was just about to start a thread titled "Flames obtain Stajan, Mayers, White & Hagman". It's all about perspective.
Flames fans have by and large been complaining about Phaneuf's play all season, but they've been having a collective meltdown in the wake of this trade. I think it makes the Flames a better team for the rest of the season.
If Phaneuf can straighten his head out, he could become a strong leader on the Leafs. Still, who's going to score goals there?
Yeah, who the Calgary trade will benefit the most is still up in the air (though I think it'll be Toronto) but there's no doubt the Leafs got the better of the Anaheim deal. Count me in with Big Bad as being shocked that the Leafs managed to dump both of those guys and get something in return. Never, ever thought they'd get rid of the Blake contract in particular.
Well, there's certainly no goalie controversy in Anaheim now!
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/-lsquo-PC-Load-Letter-rsquo-Tallon-rsquo-s-sna?urn=nhl,174746 The gist of the story is the GM mailed out qualifying offers to several of their restricted free agents.