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11-23-2012, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by DandyEvandy9 View Post
It's more of that Phaneuf was traded for trash (compared to what he can be on his best days), which lowered his perceived value. It's also very easy to beat up on Toronto's players due to their lack of success in recent years.
No, you have that wrong. He became the #2 in Calgary after the Bouwmeester trade, and over the season he started to play like trash. So he was traded for what was actually a pretty decent package (50-point two way center, solid defenseman, 20-goal/40-point two-way winger) and then Calgary screwed up the asset management afterwards. Phaneuf has gotten his head on straight since then, and is playing better defense than he did but it's still not the defense he was being hyped up as playing by the Toronto media.

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