Dion Phaneuf: Void of Impact?

January 17th, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
When Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager Brian Burke pulled off the blockbuster, seven-player deal that netted him Dion Phaneuf (amongst others) late last season, it was thought that—given the fact that Burke had brought in the best player in the deal (Phaneuf)—that the Maple Leafs had won the trade.

Clearly, shortsighted predictions can nip you in the butt in the long term, but when you look at the overall records of both the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the seven players' (some of which have been traded for parts) output, the trade seems to be a wash.

At least at this point.

Upon his anointment as team captain for the Maple Leafs, many felt that Phaneuf, like so many other captains before him, would be exposed to adversity, scrutiny and—to some extent—unfair expectations predicated by both the media and the fans of the Blue and White.

Thus far, Phaneuf has enjoyed a surprisingly easy first season as the Maple Leafs team captain. In fact, Phaneuf has been afforded a tremendous amount of slack from both the media and the fans. One may even say that he has been unaccountable and e ...

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