Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf: A Diamond in the Rough

June 20th, 2010 by mark anderson Leave a reply »

Last week, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson coronated a new team captain in Dion Phaneuf. In many ways, the move is a risky one—one that might have huge payoffs, or one that might end up being a monumental mistake.

Showing up on the score sheet is not the issue. Maybe Phaneuf won't reach the coveted 20-goal mark again, but combining the minutes he’s going to see with his killer shot, 40 points are a shoe-in, and that’s all the Leafs really need from him in that department.

Truculence, that quality all Leafers need on their resume in this era of general manager Brian Burke, is also in no short supply with the former Calgary Flame. Thundering checks and flying fists are sure to keep opponents on their toes, and fans on the edge of their seats.

No, the issue with Phaneuf is not talent or toughness, but his attitude, and it will make or break his time with the "C" on the upper left chest of his jersey.

Yes, Toronto fans all know that it was Phaneuf, who on Day One, ente ...

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