I'll let you take this interview breakdown from Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons for what you will:
According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Maple Leafs are trying “real hard” to move captain Dion Phaneuf.
“It’s abundantly clear that he won’t be the captain next year,” Kypreos said Sunday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “So the sooner they can get him out, the better. They’re trying real hard to make that deal going into (Monday).
“It’s a gut feel, but I think (by) this time (Monday), Phaneuf is a member of another hockey club.”
Kyrpeos added Phaneuf appeals to a handful of teams in need of an upgrade on the back end, but the Leafs will have to retain part of his salary in order to make any trade work.
“It’s a matter of that contract,” Kypreos explained. “As soon as there’s a number that can be agreed upon, he will not be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
Phaneuf signed a seven-year, $49 million contract extension during the 2013-14 season. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season.