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by Paul on 03/27/10 at 10:44 AM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Almost two months into the Phaneuf era, one that seems almost certain to continue with the 24-year-old being named captain next fall, it’s fair to say the Leafs would make the deal again any day, and twice on Sundays.
Phaneuf hasn’t been a spectacular success, and still is looking for his first goal. The Leafs are 10-7-1 with him. The Flames are 10-8-1 without him, a stat that suggests neither club has benefited more than the other from the swap so far.
That said, it’s hard to find a hockey person who thinks this was anything but a peculiar, one-sided deal. You could argue that the Leafs haven’t missed and won’t miss any of the four players sent to the Flames – Ian White, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers and Niklas Hagman – while Phaneuf has been a godsend, a blue-line stud who has played more than 25 minutes in each of the club’s last nine games.
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