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02-05-2013, 04:37 AM
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corytrevor
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For whatever reason, I've just never warmed up to Phaneuf being on the Leafs. His game had dropped off a lot in Calgary and, although I still think the trade was a decent one and overall a win for Burke and the Leafs, I've just never been comfortable with him defensively. Not to mention his lack of accuracy with his slap shot (good to see him wristing it a bit more the last few games).I would be ecstatic to have Phaneuf on the team if he were all of the following:

1- Making somewhere around 3.5-4.5 M per season
2- Playing on the 2nd pairing
3- Not the captain

IMO, he is all of those things. He's a 2nd pairing d-man, not a 6.5 M player and not a captain. I get that our D isn't that great and that (unfortunately) at this point he probably should be on the top pairing. But, as others have said, Kostka should probably not be on the top pairing and both are seeing way too much ice time. I know +/- is an unreliable stat, but, IMO, it reflects the way Phaneuf has played this year. Hopefully he and the rest of the D can show some improvement this year.

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