Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/30/10 at 06:00 PM ET
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The defenceman’s game-day scowl was screwed on pretty tight, three weeks before camp medicals on Sept. 16.
“It was a long summer and it’s no secret we weren’t happy where we finished last year,” Phaneuf said. “Back at the first press conference I said what a huge honour it is to be the captian of this team. But I’m not going to change.”
Phaneuf got the gig because he can bring an intimidation factor to his own dressing room. But he also made sure to call every new Leaf acquired since July 1 to introduce himself and give a pep talk, which hasn’t always been the protocol around here in the 43 years without a Stanley Cup.
“I talked to every guy and everyone was excited for the chance to play here,” Phaneuf said. “Camp is coming up quick and we have to be ready. Every guy we added will help us.”
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