Thread: Value of: Dion Phaneuf
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01-28-2013, 03:37 PM
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Stu
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Originally Posted by JAK View Post
Dion is a pylon defensively.

That said, whether it be Flames, Oilers, Wild, Avs. Make it work, the Sedins can't wait to add to their point totals.

At this stage, back to Calgary for a pick and Roster might work.
This.

It's not that he's completely useless, but the time that he has left on his contract, combined with the kind of player that he needs to play with in order to be successful means that it is in the best interests of the Leafs to trade him. Phaneuf with an elite defensive dman would be dynamite - right now the Leafs just don't have anyone good enough to play with him to cover for his ATROCIOUS coverage and consistent inability to clear the puck from the danger areas before he gets robbed and we concede (I believe it was the Buffalo game where he was screwing around with the puck right in front of scrivens before he got dispossessed and we end up losing 2-1.

The state that the leafs are in right now means we simply have to maximize our returns for any player who will mean an improved team in 2-3 years time, including Dion, Kessel, Grabo etc etc. We could easily get 1sts and blue-chip prospects for all 3 of those guys, not to mention the return for guys like McArthur/Komi/Connolly who will return us something decent from a team that needs help for a push.

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