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Welcome to the Bench: Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg

 Jared Cowen

Born: 1/25/1991 (25 years old) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Drafted: 1st round (9th overall) in 2009 by Ottawa Senators
Teams: Ottawa Senators (2009-2016)
Position: Defense
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 238 lbs
Shoots: Left

Jared Cowen Stats


Colin Greening

Born: 3/9/1986 (29 years old) St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Drafted: 7th round (204th overall) in 2005 by Ottawa Senators
Teams: Ottawa Senators (2010-2016)
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 212 lbs
Shoots: Left

Colin Greening Stats


Milan Michalek

Born: 12/7/1984 (31 years old) Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic
Drafted: 1st round (6th overall) in 2003 by San Jose Sharks
Teams: San Jose Sharks (2003-2009), Ottawa Senators (2009-2016)
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 220 lbs
Shoots: Left

Milan Michalek Stats


Tobias Lindberg

Born: 7/22/1995 (20 years old) Stockholm, Sweden
Drafted: 4th round (102nd overall) in 2013 by Ottawa Senators
Teams: No NHL Experience
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 215 lbs
Shoots: Left

Tobias Lindberg Stats

The Trade
Toronto Maple Leafs trade captain Dion Phaneuf, as well as Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and Cody Donaghy to the Ottawa Senators for Jared Cowen, Milan Michalek, Colin Greening, Tobias Lindberg and a 2017 second round pick. No salary is retained by either team (!!!). Read more

Revisiting the Dion Phaneuf Trade

On Tuesday December 8, in Toronto’s 3-2 shootout win versus the New Jersey Devils, captain Dion Phaneuf played in his 400th game as a Toronto Maple Leaf. Love him or hate him you can’t deny that this is an impressive bench mark. Especially since many people thought he would be following Phil out the door this past summer.

Although he is still draws the ire of Leafs fans’ hate, Dion has had a sneakily effective season so far. Right now he’s  fourth on the Leafs with 16 points and leads the team with 14 assists. The most noticeable change this year is how Babcock deploys him. While his shifts per game have increased from 28.5 last year to 31.5 this year, his ice time has dropped from 23:43 to 22:20. I love the fact that Babcock stresses shorter shifts at max efforts. After years of watching Kessel and Kadri dogging it for long shifts, this is a welcome change.

As a result of his play, Dion’s trade value hasn’t been higher since he had signed that ill-advised contract  7 years $49 million contract that won’t expire until 2021. But instead of looking at any future potential trades, I want to look back at the controversial trade that brought Dion to Toronto. Read more