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by Paul on 10/30/11 at 12:40 AM ET
from the CP at The Hockey News,
There is an undeniable swagger forming around the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In the aftermath of Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who entered as the NHL’s top team, coach Ron Wilson was unapologetic in thrusting Dion Phaneuf in the spotlight following yet another solid performance at both ends of the ice.
“Personally, I think by a country mile he’s the best defenceman in the league,” Wilson said of Phaneuf. “It’s not even close right now. His numbers show that—his plus-minus, we chart scoring chances and his numbers are off the chart there. I think he’s comfortable in his own skin, he’s comfortable being the captain and he’s healthy.”
It was less than a year ago that the same Leafs coach was loathe to even concede rookie goalie James Reimer had a good performance in a game for fear people would start “building statues” in his honour.
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