Thread: Speculation: Dion Phaneuf's next contract?
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07-29-2012, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by ULF_55 View Post
It is called team play.

How many teams had Phaneuf playing for them this year? Were the Leafs better defensively than all those teams? Did they all have a better defender than Phaneuf? How many teams were worse defensively than the Leafs?

I'll answer one question for you, with Phaneuf the Leafs were the 2nd. worst defensive team in the league.

Yes, it was all goaltending ... so that means Phaneuf didn't make the team a good defensive team.
Yeah, exactly. It is team play. the Leafs were a bad team, partly because we only really have 1 high quality defense-men.

Look at all the other top defense-men in the league. They all have insulation with other good d-men.

Weber had Suter, Blum
Edler had Bieksa, Hamhuis
Petriengelo had Shattenkirk, Jackman
Boyle has Murray, Burns
Doughty has Greene, Mitchell

Phaneuf's playing partners are no where near the level of the other top d-men in the league. It has been nice what Gunnarsson has been able to do but he isn't a top paring guy.

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