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01-31-2010, 02:36 PM
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Trottier
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Leafs acquire - by far - the best talent in the deal. Phaneuf has, indeed, been underperforming and his salary is not small. But by any standards (other than HF's), he remains young, has room/time to develop his game. Any NHL GM would love to take on that challenge/opportunity.

A protypical "core" is a comprised of a goalie, #1 dman, top line center and a sniper on the wing. Burke has now added two such pieces (W/D) over the last half year, IMO. That's moving quick.

This deal may actually help Calgary in the near-term, as the sum may add up to be more than the individual pieces. But I'm dubious, overall.

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