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Praise For Dion Phaneuf

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Perhaps it’s time to cut Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf some slack instead of cutting him up all the time, as the media and Leafs fans tend to do in abundance. Myself included.

Guess what? Whipping boy Phaneuf is a plus-14 this season. The Leafs captain has also been on the ice for 54 goals for, tied (heading into Tuesday’s game against Anaheim) with Calgary’s TJ Brodie for the NHL lead. And playing along defensive partner Cody Franson, Phaneuf almost always plays against the opposition’s top line.

Everyone dumps on him when the Leafs are in the doldrums. But when things are going well (as they have since a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 20), the praise hasn’t come with the same frequency. Maybe it’s the having-a-Hollywood-wife thing. Who knows.

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Fukc Toronto… Time for them to lose some more games, Can’t believe they’ve won 7 in a row, and the wings lose 4 in a row… That can change the standings in 1 week, from 1st place to borderline playoff contention. Time for the wings to ramp it up, stop playing silly passing the puck deke you out of your mind hockey. Start playing with some fukcing heart, put pucks on net and get some scrappy wins. Stop getting out hit 2:1 every single night.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 12/17/14 at 09:15 AM ET

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Maybe it’s that he has a Hollywood wife and maybe it’s the abundance of video depicting him being caught flat-footed and being swiftly skated past on the way to an opposition scoring opportunity.

Come to think of it, yeah, it’s probably the Hollywood wife thing.

Posted by Garth on 12/17/14 at 10:08 AM ET

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