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01-22-2010, 08:48 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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The whole team needs to get grittier. Adding one tough player isn't going to do anything because he can only do so much.
Not sure about going after Phaneuf. He's not having a great season. I really don't think it's a good idea trading Staal and a bunch of other valuable stuff for him. We're basically giving all that up for toughness, because Phaneuf isn't exactly sound defensively. Yes he brings offense, but Del Zotto has already kind of filled that niche on the blueline.
Unfortunately, this team probably won't get tougher until the offseason. And even then, there is only so much to work with because of the insane contracts.
No team needs to be as "tough" as Philly though. What exactly have they won with all that toughness lately?
Phaneuf is one of the hardest hitters in the game. He hits to hurt players. I agree that one tough, hard hitting SOB won't transform the team. However, you start at the backend. Bring in that element that we've been missing since Beuk left. I'm terrible with trades and don't even know if Calgary has any intention of trading Phaneuf. However, if he's in play and we have to offer something along the lines of M. Staal+V. Prospal+'10 1st rounder+middle prospect do we go there?? Phaneuf is the same age as Staal and right now is much better than Staal. Would that get it done? Is he worth it? I would pull the trigger on that trade.
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