TORONTO — Dion Phaneuf does not have the date he returns to Calgary circled on his calendar.
That’s because he has no idea when it is.
“I’m not sure at all,” shrugged Phaneuf of the Dec. 16 Dome date.
“It’s definitely going to be a different situation, but it is another game, and being traded is part of the business.”
It will mark the first time Phaneuf hs been back in his old haunt since last year’s Olympic break, when he returned to move the rest of his belongings and close the deal on his house. He insists he wasn’t tempted in the least to take in another Stampede last summer or pop by to visit old friends.
“I moved on right away,” he said of his address change.
“But in saying that, I’m still close with lots of the guys.
I still talk to Iggy, Langer (Daymond Langkow), Gio (Mark Giordano) and Ny (Eric Nystrom), who isn’t there anymore. There were a lot of guys I really respect over there who I was friends with and battled with, and I wish them all the best.”
Except on the third Thursday in December.
“Hey, I had a great time in Calgary — I don’t look at it as a negative at all,” said Phaneuf, who missed just five games in five seasons as a Flame.
“That trade is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, personally.”