So over the last couple days a rumor has broken out about the Flames, this in itself makes me question it because Sutter (Darryl) is a guy who does not react kindly to leaks, about Dion Phanuef.
The meat of the rumor is that Dion would go to the Islanders for something along the lines of Tavares or Okposo (who he almost killed in an open ice hit in pre-season) or a first rounder or a combo of the above.
Tavares makes sense, you just do not see that many incredibly talented guys like him. Dion is a franchise defensemen regardless what you think of his short comings. To give you evidence of that, the Hockey News did a poll on which of Ovechkin, Crosby and Dion they would want to build around and two picked Dion. Doesn't sound like a lot until you think seriously about the competition.
Okposo is a really talented prospect but I'm not convinced he'd do a lot for Calgary, having said that Calgary is without a first round pick in the next draft and no one said this deal would go through tomorrow. It would be very interesting to see at the next Draft if Dion is moved. I have mentioned this before and been discounted but think about the blue line depth Calgary has long term and you will see that Dion is an incredible talent, who can score hit and change a game occasionally...that is expendable. So maybe there is smoke here.
The smoke would be Jay-bo's contract, the fact they got Bouwmeester points towards Calgary potentially setting up a deal like that...or at least having the option.
This could have been nothing more than a guy thinking about it, the fact Eklund hasn't even posted an e1 on it says that to me but it also could be snow asking if Dion is available for this package or that package and that's where it ended. If Calgary were to get Tavares and a first, or even just Tavares I'm not sure I would be disappointed.