Thread: Value of: Dion Phaneuf
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01-29-2013, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by EucaLEAFtys View Post
And just how, pray tell, is Phaneuf the "most important player" on the Leafs?

A defensive game has never been Phaneuf's forte, and yet Carlyle is trying to use him in a "shut-down" role? Really.. the only thing that Phaneuf has successfully shut-down so far this season is his own offensive capability!

He's an offensive-minded defenceman.. not some stalwart on defence. Not to mention the fact that he's currently being grossly overplayed which has greatly exposed his limited defensive ability.

Phaneuf just doesn't fit into Carlyle's defence-first system because he's not a defence-first type of defenceman. For that reason (amongst others), he should be traded in order to take advantage of other teams' defensive needs.

This team is brutally awful right now and they don't really need Phaneuf on the team to continue being brutally awful. Trade him now for a better (and brighter)future in a few years!
Phaneuf was great in a shutdown role last year playing literally some of the toughest minutes in the entire league. Phaneuf being used in a shutdown role is not the problem, 27 year old career AHLer Kostka is.

People who think Phaneuf doesn't have a strong defensive game are ignorant. And trading him would be just plain stupid. What does the Leafs defense look like without him? Kostka, Gunnar, Liles, Gardiner, Komisarek and Franson? Yikes.

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