Leafs, Phaneuf getting closer to extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs remain in constant communication with Dion Phaneuf’s agent, as the two sides continue to work towards a long-term contract extension.

Phaneuf, 28, is in the final-year of a six-year, $39 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

However, it’s believed a new deal is getting closer with the Leafs.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, speaking during the network’s Insider Trading segment on Tuesday night, Phaneuf’s “deal will get done to keep him captain of the Maple Leafs.”

It has been widely reported that Phaneuf’s next contract will be seven or eight years, and worth at least $7 million per season.