TORONTO, ON -- Whenever the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet, it is inevitable that former Flame Dion Phaneuf will be brought into the equation by the fans and the media.
The blueliner was famously shipped to Toronto on Jan. 31, 2010 in a seven-player deal that saw Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers and Ian White come to Calgary.
Phaneuf, who is now the Leafs captain, was marquee name in the trade but for the Flames, his presence in the lineup is a non-factor. He's simply just another player on the roster for them.
"We're focusing in on our own team," head coach Brent Sutter said firmly. "I know Dion played in Calgary for a long period of time, was a good player, a high draft and so forth. But you know, he's moved on.
"He's a Toronto Maple Leaf now and we have our own team here in Calgary. Both organizations move on and everyone is done."
Stajan understands the fascination surrounding the match-up but he echoed the statements of his head coach, saying his team needs to buckle down and concentrate solely on their game as focusing on outside distractions leads to costly mistakes on the ice.
"We're just going to do what we can do to help this team win like we did last night and making sure we get to where we want to be."
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