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02-05-2013, 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Ash35 View Post
The Problem is we in Toronto have a massive "The Grass is always greener" complex. Everyone is a superstar until they play for the leafs. In reality you never really know how good a player is until he player for your favorite team. Where you get to watch them day in and day out. I guarantee if one of the few defencemen in the NHL who you think are top liners (i.e Weber, Chara, Suter, Keith, Pronger ect) played for the leafs their shine would rub off real quick, especially if they didn't have adequate support. Weber has 0 points this year in 7 games. If he played in Toronto the media and fans would be all over him for not producing on the PP.
With phaneuf it's not just the stat sheet, its a combination on many things. His defensive game is questionable, he can be very slow footed at times, he is rarely throwing big hits anymore like he used to, and I don't think he is much of a natural leader or a #1 D-man. Unfortunatly Burke decided he would be our franshise d-man, so like many other leafs he is forced to play in a role which exceeds his capabilities. IMO at best hes a number 2 or 3 dman making 5 or so Mil a year with an A on his shirt.

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