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Despite sitting out practice Friday, the Maple Leafs expect Dion Phaneuf to be in the lineup against the Flyers Saturday night.

Is that a big sigh of relief Phaneuf owners?

Dion Phaneuf D TOR 5 Months

Dion Phaneuf recorded an assist in Toronto's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday.

Phaneuf has six goals and 24 points in 60 games this season. Not counting the shortened season, Phaneuf has never finished with less than 30 points, but he's cutting it close this time.

Dion Phaneuf D TOR 5 Months

Dion Phaneuf found the back of the net in Toronto's overtime loss to the Islanders Thursday.

The Leafs captain has six goals, 114 shots and 23 points in 59 matches this season. Phaneuf has also earned a plus-20 rating to go with 171 hits and 112 blocked shots. Phaneuf doesn't score like he used to, but he still records fairly well-rounded statistics.

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Dion Phaneuf scored a goal in Toronto's 5-4 overtime defeat on Saturday.

Phaneuf has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has five goals and 21 points in 52 games this season.

Dion Phaneuf D TOR 7 Months

Dion Phaneuf collected two assists in the Winter Classic on Wednesday.

His efforts helped the Leafs earn a 3-2 shootout win against Detroit in front of a record crowd at the Big House. Phaneuf, who just received a lucrative seven-year extension from Toronto, logged a game-high 28:24 of ice time and he finished with a plus-2 rating.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially announced Dion Phaneuf's seven-year extension.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported over the weekend that Phaneuf's contract will pay him $49 million. "Dion is our team leader and has been a pillar in our building process," said GM Dave Nonis in a statement. "He has proven to be a very durable and reliable defenceman in all facets of the game. He plays big minutes in every situation for us and we're pleased to have him under contract for the next seven seasons." The Leafs' captain has 15 points, 102 hits, 50 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating in 39 contests this campaign.

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Dion Phaneuf and the Leafs are nearing a seven-year contract extension, according to multiple reports.

It appears this could get done very soon. Leafs' assistant general manager Claude Loiselle indicated a deal is close on "HBO 24/7." Though he didn't reveal specifics, Loiselle said that everything has been agreed upon, and that a limited no-trade clause is the only part still to be hashed out. Sportsnet has been reporting since October it would be a seven-year deal, while ESPN's Pierre LeBrun and TSN's Darren Dreger are now also saying the same thing. Dreger says the deal could be worth $49 million. Phaneuf has 14 points in 38 games this season, while averaging 24:23 of ice time.

Dion Phaneuf D TOR 7 Months

Dion Phaneuf might sign an extension by the end of December.

The Maple Leafs certainly have the cap space to make it work and they should be motivated given how much he means to their team both on the ice and in the lockerroom. Phaneuf is actually having a bit of an off season from a fantasy perspective with 13 points in 37 contests, but we like his chances of doing better in the second half of 2013-14.

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Dion Phaneuf has finished serving his two-game suspension.

He was banned for a hit from behind on Boston defenseman Kevan Miller. Phaneuf will be eligible to return in Saturday's match-up against Chicago. Don't forget to get him back in your lineup.

Dion Phaneuf D TOR 8 Months

Dion Phaneuf has been suspended for two games by the NHL.

Phaneuf is being punished for boarding Boston's Kevan Miller during Saturday's game. There wasn't a penalty as a result of the late third period play, but Phaneuf isn't eligible to return to the Maple Leafs' lineup until Dec. 14. He has two goals and 12 points in 31 games this season.