When Brian Burke traded for Dion Phaneuf on January 31, 2010, he risked very little.
What he gained was the pillar on which every other acquisition has been positioned.
The players who went to Calgary, Jamal Mayers, Matt Stajan, Ian White and Nik Hagman were going to go somewhere. Ex-Leafs litter the NHL. Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Luke Schenn are the only holdovers from when Burke signed on three years ago Tuesday.
Ask Burke about the key moments in his time with the Leafs and he will start with January 31, 2010.
Phaneuf’s career had stalled in Calgary. Always a ...