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10-01-2012, 08:28 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
I don't agree that Phaneuf isn't as good of a player now than in his Calgary days. If anything I'd say he's better.
He really got his career back on track last season.
People are just much harder on Phaneuf now because:
-He now collects a big paycheque
-He isn't the new kid on the block so people focus more on the negative then positives. People love to build players up then criticize them only a couple years later
-People forget he plays on a worse team supported in goal by Reimer instead of a prime Kipper and his D partner last season was Gunnarson whose a far cry from a prime Hamrlik, Regher or Aucoin. The Leafs forwards are also among the worst forwards in the league at helping support their D group unlike Calgary forwards who were very good in this department
-People forget in his first 3 seasons Phaneuf saw 436, 440 and 413 PP minutes each season. Last season he only saw 291 minutes with his points per power play minute being about the same
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