Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/29/10 at 06:04 PM ET
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Calgary’s massive defender is going through a difficult season—maybe he’s more than a bit guilty of buying into the hype that surrounded him early in his career—and his struggles to live up to expectations are reflected in his team’s current swoon. But at 24, there’s still plenty of time for Phaneuf to develop into a player who reads the game well enough to be physically imposing, positionally sound and a factor in the offense. The Flames don’t want to see his light go on while he’s wearing another team’s sweater.
After watching the Flames drop a 3-2 shootout decision Thursday night in Phoenix to run their losing streak to nine, it seems likely that Sutter will make some kind of move to ensure they remain relevant in the playoff discussion. But unless they can find someone who is willing to pay him $6.5 million for the next four years and offer up a player of similar age, accomplishment, and promise, Phaneuf will still be wearing the flaming C come March 4.
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