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Dion Phaneuf “Never Had A Chance” In Toronto

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

From his first awkward moments as the team’s 18th captain to the brutal, bone-headed pinch on the first shift of his last game with the Leafs, Dion Phaneuf never had a chance.

Polarizing from the beginning of his captaincy, he never had a chance to live up to the great expectations Brian Burke and Ron Wilson heaped on him when they put the “C” on his sweater.

He never had a chance to win over a fan base desperate for a winner and strong leader when at the time he was a player who was tentative as a leader and tentative on the ice.

And finally, he never had a chance to live up to the big contract former general manager Dave Nonis “rewarded” him, a deal that became a burden to Toronto president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Lou Lamoriello.

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Slumpy's avatar

Gilmour’s and Clark’s don’t grow on trees.
He should enjoy Ottawa and I’m sure they traded him there so in the future the Leafs can win many games off his bad turnovers and poorly timed penalties, haha.
The fans should get the “C” in Toronto since they’ve been paying huge scratch for nearly 50 years to watch losing hockey snake

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 02/09/16 at 04:20 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

And finally, he never had a chance to live up to the big contract former general manager Dave Nonis “rewarded” him…

No kidding. It’s obvious to everyone that a guy who averaged more than 24 minutes a game in Toronto for the past seven years never had a chance to prove himself.  rolleyes

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/09/16 at 06:26 PM ET

Primis's avatar

He had plenty of a “chance”.

But he was in Toronto, so no he never had a chance.  Because Toronto.

Who has been successful in Toronto recently?  Especially in that same 7-year period?

Posted by Primis on 02/09/16 at 08:54 PM ET

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