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Who Could Use Phaneuf?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

In Calgary, Brian Burke — who made Phaneuf the Leafs captain when Burke was the Leafs GM — is the Flames president of hockey operations. Phaneuf would be Calgary’s second-best blue-liner behind Mark Giordano.

In Edmonton, Phaneuf’s hometown, he would immediately step in as the Oilers’ best defenceman — which isn’t what Phaneuf needs.

In San Jose, Phaneuf’s offence and power-play blast could offset the pending absence of Dan Boyle, should Boyle not return. And he would be surrounded by a defensive group that could afford Phaneuf less time defending in key situations, as he is asked to do in Toronto.

In St. Louis, the feeling was that Chicago’s major advantage was a second defensive pairing that was vastly superior to the Blues’. Would Phaneuf change that? Yes, he would — as a second-pairing guy. Not a one-two.

Of course, the question becomes this: Can a $7 million cap hit (for seven more seasons) ever be considered a second-pairing defenceman? Answer: he can if he’s a $5.25 million player, with the Leafs retaining 25 per cent of Phaneuf’s salary.

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Slumpy's avatar

Sharks another disappointing postseason. Time to blow up Marleau, Joe T, Boyle and send at least one of them to another team. I thought one of them should of been traded a year or two ago when their value was much higher now Sharks GM letting Boyle go UFA probably and stuck with Marleau and Joe T because of NMC contracts. Doug Wilson was a great defenseman and can’t see him wanting Phaneuf playing for his team, lol.
Not sure who the Blues would trade for Phaneuf but I could see that as possible trade partner.
Oilers would be fools to trade for Dion. They need stay at home defenseman not someone like brainfart constant Phaneuf in own end.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 05/13/14 at 12:00 PM ET

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