I know THN is'nt too reliable, but here's an article about possible Phaneuf to Wings deal:
Which brings us to Dion Phaneuf and the rumblings that a deal to Detroit could be in the works before Monday’s trade deadline. This much we know: the Leafs are exploring the possibilities of trading Phaneuf and the Red Wings are looking for a defenseman. Detroit GM Ken Holland and Toronto GM David Nonis have spoken leading up to the trade deadline and the Red Wings will almost certainly be adding a defenseman tomorrow. With Keith Yandle just about off the market, that leaves one fewer defensemen for Detroit to pursue.
One person close to the situation called the chance Phaneuf becomes a Red Wing by Monday afternoon remote. The more likely situation is the deal gets done in the summer, but with a limited no-trade clause, it’s almost certain that Phaneuf’s days in Toronto are coming to an end, either by tomorrow or after this season. But the Wings are looking and the Leafs have a defenseman, so you never know what can happen between now and Monday afternoon.
If the Red Wings are going to add a body on their blueline by tomorrow, why not Phaneuf? As maligned as he is, Phaneuf in the right situation with the right team could be a useful addition. The biggest impediment in acquiring Phaneuf is that he has a salary cap hit of $7 million per year for each of the next six seasons. That means either the Leafs are going to have to eat some of that salary or take a less-than-stellar contract back. Stephen Weiss – who just happens to be the nephew of Leafs assistant coach Steve Spott – and his $4.9 million for the next three seasons comes to mind, and the Leafs might be able to get a player such asJakub Kindl in the deal.
Would getting a left-shooting defenceman really help us? He could certainly help on the PP but we are always talking about the Right-shot defenceman to give us more options. And it's not like our PP has been bad... I don't see a reason for Phaneuf at all. Plus, on an offence-minded team he has just 23 points (= to Dekeyser's point production).