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10-01-2012, 11:46 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
My take on Phaneuf is this:
He is still a #1 D-man on a ton of teams in this league, but his play is not on the same level as it was a few years back in Calgary. Quite often Phaneuf tries too hard to make the big play (or hit) that takes him out of position.
He has a monster shot, but it isn't the most accurate. If he takes a little power off of it and gets it on net more, he would be much more effective on the PP.
When he carries the puck it is pretty hard to get him off it, but if you do his speed is average (maybe a slight bit above) so you can probably turn it around on him fairly fast.
Phaneuf is our best D all-round, and takes a lot of blame because of a slight overpay contract that he has. We wouldn't get equal value for him on the trade market so unless a team is willing to meet our needs (namely a #1C) I don't see him being moved at all.
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