Thread: Value of: Dion Phaneuf
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06-03-2013, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by EucaLEAFtys View Post
While having confidence in one's goalie is timportant, it doesn't excuse the fact that Dion couldn't establish any strong chemistry throughout the entire season, whereas Franson, Frasor, and Gardiner were all able to do so while playing in front of the same goalies!

If other players on the same team can develop solid chemistry amongst themselves with little difficulty, then why can't Phaneuf do the same, given how many chances he's had so far as a Leaf?

It seems pretty clear to me that Dion himself is the reason why he hasn't found any chemistry with his Leaf defence-mates (both past and present). Even Liles and O'Byrne once had chemistry with each other when they both played in Colorado (though not so much recently in Toronto, but still..).

Bottom line: After considering all of his overall performance as a Leaf, factoring in his current cap hit, and his inability to form chemistry with his defence-mates, it is abundantly clear that Dion needs a new team to play for.

The question is: Who would be willing to take him and what would said team be willing to pay? As long as it's a respectable return, I don't care where he ends up (assuming he does get traded, of course).
It's a hell of a lot easier to build chemistry when you're dealing with 3rd line grinders, not the Stamkos, Tavares and Malkins of the league. How can you find chemistry with your partner when he can't even remotely keep up with top opponents?

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