Dion Phaneuf's next contract?
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07-29-2012, 12:55 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: North York
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Strange then that the hockey n00bs that put together the best hockey team in the world two years ago didn't even take Phaneuf over Dan Boyle, let alone Weber.
Since then Phaneuf's stock has fallen even further.
Dion's stock was pretty high to Hitchcock and Sutter the past 2 WHC when the Leafs were eliminated.
Dion has played well since returning from the badly cut calve he suffered 1.5 seasons ago.
It's not easy when your next best D man on the team was a rookie named Jake Gardiner, and needing to fight the Steve Downey's of the world when you try to play a physical game while carrying the captaincy on and off the ice is a challenge for most.
Not making excuses for him since I am not dissapointed in Dion at all, he just needs more help in all areas. Colton Orr would be a veteran presence in the locker room and would free Dion from the rats that want to come after him for legal hits he adminsisters. Infact you would see a more surly Dion if he had some physical backing from his teammates.
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