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Kessel hat trick, Phaneuf hit key Leafs’ win over Senators

The argument could be made ht that Dion Phaneuf played his best game as a Maple Leaf on Saturday night.

Ditto for Phil Kessel.

For sure, Phaneuf had a powerful outing against Ottawa — as did Phil Kessel, with his first hat trick in a Toronto uniform — as the Leafs swamped a hapless Senators side 6-5 at the Air Canada Centre.

Strange turn for Turris

I haven’t met one NHL manager or scout who isn’t dumbfounded by Kyle Turris digging in his heels with the Coyotes and trying for $3 million or $4 million a year when he’s done little to justify it. The Coyotes just gave Martin Hanzal $3.1 million a year. They’re not giving it to Turris.

Connolly could play Saturday

The Maple Leafs were without Tim Connolly when they opened their season Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre, but there is a slight chance the centre could play at home on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

Turris' progress, Doan's future in the desert

Turris waits

On the eve of the NHL season, Kyle Turris remains unsigned. Still no progress, either.

“We continue to have discussions with the Coyotes and are positive that over time Kyle will be playing,” his agent, Kurt Overhardt, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Kyle is in great shape and training hard in B.C.”

Leafs looking at Gagner?

According to Damien Cox the Leafs are sniffing around about Oilers center Sam Gagner. The fact the two could be talking trade makes sense on a few levels. The Leafs are heavy on defenseman and the Oilers have some depth at center with Gagner on the IR, Brule in the AHL, and the starting line up of Horcoff, Belanger, Lander, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (not in any particular order).