Top five trade values on the Canucks (with some trade thoughts regarding Kesler, Edler, the goalies, and more).
Here’s an interesting read on Phaneuf, and a bit more support to my thought that he is incredibly underrated as people tend to focus on solely the negative aspects of his game.
Phaneuf isn't the best defenceman in his Conference, but he is by far the best defenceman on his team. The Leafs' problems stem from the fact that they don't have enough blueliners they can trust, not too many. When they traded for Jake Gardiner and Joffrey Lupul in 2011, they paid a significant price in François Beauchemin.
Beauchemin has turned up on a few Norris ballots while Lupul spent most of the season on the injury shelf and Gardiner either in the minors or a healthy scratch. The fates, and Carlyle's reluctance to play the talented Gardiner, are making that deal look better for Anaheim every day even though it really, really, really shouldn't be close.
And I’m not trying to get inside your brain and change your mind about Phaneuf. He does lack hockey sense and he doesn’t always make the safe/smart/right play. But he has done a really good job in a no-win situation over the past few years, and he has really worked hard to shore up his weaknesses.
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