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by Paul on 02/05/10 at 11:15 AM ET
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
A candid Olli Jokinen suggests Dion Phaneuf may have been railroaded out of Calgary because of the loathing of disgruntled Flames supporters.
Speaking just minutes after he had made his New York Rangers home debut Thursday night, Jokinen strongly rejected the notion that Phaneuf was shipped to Toronto last Sunday because he was a cancer in the Flames dressing room.
“No, no, no. Not at all. He’s a great teammate,” Jokinen said after the Rangers’ 6-5 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.
Okay, then why did general manager Darryl Sutter trade the young defenceman?
“The biggest thing is, (Phaneuf) wasn’t accepted by the Calgary fans, even though he was once a Norris Trophy candidate,” Jokinen said.
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