I know I know... one fight with the coach does not not a trade rumor justify. In case you weren't aware several media outlets have blogged (but not reported) on a shouting match Between Dion Phaneuf And Brent Sutter. Some blogs say it may or may not have been Sutter or may or may not have been Phanuef but with a -2 on the night and the shouting about being selfish apparently you could assume it was Dion. Also because dion was the player who came out of the coaches office.
Regardless it brings up something that has been nagging at me a little. We have a number 1 center who, quite frankly, just sucks here. We have a franchise defenseman that is horribly talented and horribly inconsistent. Between the two you have 11.75 million dollars of Salary, in addition to that you have guys like Bourque who need to be re-signed and a lack of depth at the left wing.
What would Dion bring in from a trade? Seriously, say what you will about him if a g.m. is willing to pay Mike Commodore 3.75 million then Dion is a great deal at 6.5. I do not know if there is a no trade with Dion, maybe you do! Package Dion and Jokinen and you have some serious trade possibilities. There is also Corey Sarich who is a large chunk of change that could easily be moved as well. With a guy like Aaron Johnsonn waiting to play #6 d in the press box and Kronwall in the AHL and Pelech ready and two more guys in the AHL who could play in the NHL it is time to get your dollars worth out of guys like Dion.
If Sutter is tired of his selfish play and the accounts from people close to the team all report on how grating Dion is to be around with his arrogant sense of humor you have to consider the possibility that maybe his time here is done. Maybe also this could be a huge boon to the organization, imagine the picks and players you could get for a player of his caliber.