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01-31-2010, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by izzo View Post
Yeah, I don't really see how this is a clear-cut victory for Toronto. Phaneuf is a nice player but his defensive positioning has left something to be desired of late and his production is down from where it was two years ago. Giordano and Bouwmeester made Phaneuf expendable, and Calgary basically took every good forward off Toronto's roster.
It might not be a clear-cut win today but Phaneuf being signed for many years makes it so because the Leafs can easily replace all those they traded via free agency in the summer and STILL they have Phaneuf. They'll struggle for the rest of the year offensively but as they won't make the playoffs anyway it really doesn't matter to them.

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