Burns is a fantastic defenseman, but I have to take Phaneuf. Why? Because I'm a fan first. Phaneuf, as much as I hate him, is one of the most, if not the most, purely entertaining defenseman in the world. The offense, the hitting, the fighting, it's all very fan friendly(especially if you are a Flames fan, ). Just as Crosby might always be the superior hockey player to Ovechkin, I'll still take AO every single time for the pure entertainment value. I like action. Phaneuf, like Ovechkin, is all action.
Despite Burns incredible improvements, Phaneuf as been a total beast since day 1... no one hits like him, The new Scott Stevens reincarnated...(in a way) but with more of a nasty streak with a better physical package.. and most likely a longer stronger offensive production.