Thread: Value of: Dion Phaneuf
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01-29-2013, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by LEAFMAN99 View Post
Same theory can go between Phaneuf and O'Brien though,Phaneuf is a top 4 guy on most teams, heck, probably even a good top 2 guy on alot of teams, but on a 6.5mill a year contract, he is definitely overpaid, O'Brien is on what i would consider to be a reasonable contract.
I'm still confused. I hear this a lot. What exactly makes Phaneuf a 'good/solid' top 4 guy and not a top pairing guy?

I think the case could be made - and I tend to agree - he is more of a #2 on a top pairing and would make a solid top pairing but he needs help to do that. I'd put him in the range of a top 20-30 D-Man in the NHL right now.

Saying he would be a top 4 suggests that there are 60 D-Men better then him?

For those of you who feels he a top 4 only can you please elaborate on why? I'm not interested in a few single shifts or comments on the guys character or intelligence, something of substance to convince me.

Thanks so much.

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