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03-15-2012, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Schennanigans View Post
Phaneuf is the best offensive threat on the blueline for us, he wont be traded for that alone, no matter how much the rest of his game blows.
Based on optics alone, Phaneuf won't be traded - this team just won't trade their captain unless it's for a king's ransom and then some; the type of return that Phaneuf doesn't command around the league.

I'm not convinced Phaneuf is a problem either - I think people have a hard time separating Phaneuf "the captain" and Phaneuf "the player".

The player is terrible - he's slow, lacks agility, has an overrated shot, and has been masked/bailed out by Gunnarsson for most of the season.

The captain - is anything and everything you want in a captain. He's vocal, he's proud, he hates losing, he plays hard every single night, he's smart with the media, and has the respect and appreciation of his teammates.

He's a bottom 4 blue liner; not a top 2 guy. This team doesn't have a top 2 guy.

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