Thread: Value of: Dion Phaneuf
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01-30-2013, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by MastuhNinks View Post
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.
The thing is, he's NOT a defensive defenceman, nor does he think that way. He has always been an OFFENSIVE defenceman (until recently).

The fact that he's supposedly the best defenceman on the team clearly illustrates how poor the defence corp is and how desperately it needs to be improved. It also clearly indicates that Carlyle has little to no faith in guys like Gunnarsson, Franson, etc. to be able to get the job done defensively.

Furthermore, this proves even more how badly this team (and organization) needs a complete rebuild. Moving him (and others) out now will help to facilitate this.

Phaneuf's abilities (such as they are) are being wasted in Toronto on a sub-standard Leaf team. As such, Keeping him mired in an atmosphere of mediocrity when you can get a good return for him in a trade is what's stupid.
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