January 27 2013 03:50PM
The Fan 590, in its efforts to incite reactions out of Torontonians rather than educate, asked this question on its sports radio station today:
Our answer is unequivocally "no". Dion Phaneuf took some heat in our comment threads for his play against the New York Rangers. One commenter referred to him as a "better version of [Brett] Lebda".
Most defencemen are better versions of Brett Lebda, of course, but that's not really the question asked. Phaneuf is paid $6.5-million over the next two seasons and is hardly a buy-out candidate. While he may not be worth every penny on his deal, he's the best defenceman on Toronto and he doesn't play a position the Leafs can afford to give up good players.
Consider the following about Phaneuf's play so far this season:
January 27 2013 01:07PM
The Rangers expose some serious problems on the Leafs by totally out-classing them. Only five games in, but what now?
January 27 2013 08:25AM
The first week of the NHL season is now behind us; the Best of the Nation this week includes more Luongo trade talk, Nail Yakupov's goal celebration, actual trades, and much more.
January 26 2013 08:46PM
Not often when you go into a road building against one of the conference's elite teams do you have a chance to win. Seldom do you even hold a one-goal lead into the third period.
Whether it was fatigue from playing their third game in four nights, or simply by being a group with several glaring holes in the lineup, the Maple Leafs had another third period to forget, and walk out of Madison Square Garden with a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers, falling to 2-3-0 on the season.
Toronto got out-shot, badly. They got out-chanced, badly, and after the final buzzer, they got out-scored, badly. The lone positive in this one may have been the play of one James Reimer, the 24-year old goaltender who has looked every bit an NHL starter in his appearances this season.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 26 2013 06:11PM
The boats are gone, and hockey lives on once again at Ricoh Coliseum. After a three week hiatus due to trade show usage of the building, the Toronto Marlies returned home for a late afternoon matchup against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. The team looked a little different than when they left, and for whatever reason, they added to that difference by wearing their away blue jerseys. What ultimately matters though is not the makeup of the team, but the result they put out, and that wasn't a very good one, falling 3-1.