Thread: Value of: Dion Phaneuf
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06-03-2013, 09:56 AM
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People suggesting that moving Dion will in any way help Toronto continue their development are not thinking things through.

1 - This young team needs to keep moving forward. Moving Dion would send us back to the lotto in the 10-15 pick range and there is a strong chance any players acquired won't change duplicate Dion's impact.

2 - Moving Dion would mean we have ZERO top pairing defenseman, and our pipeline currently only has one (Reilly) who projects to be on the top pairing eventually (2-3 years away from that).. and as much as I like Reilly, he doesn't provide Dion's physicality and (again) we don't have anyone in our system who does.

If the Leafs wanted to blow everything up and build around JVR, Kadri, Gards, Reilly and Reims, plummeting back into the NHL basement for another 3-4 years... then moving Dion makes sense.

You'll likely find that Kessel will walk and Lupul would asked to be traded leaving us with only two top 6 forwards... given our current prospect pool (bunch of 3rd/4th liners) it will be some time before their numbers/impact can be replaced.

Trading our Captain is a signal that the rest of the team needs to be scrapped outside of Reims and the guys currently on the club that are 23 and younger.

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