When the Devils beat the Leafs last Friday night, they got a general feel for their opponent. The Devils left that game last Friday night with the win and the confidence that they could beat the very same team again four nights later in Toronto. Well by the time that game rolled around, the Devils were staring into a completely different opponent. They had to go into Toronto and take on a Leafs team that all of the sudden had Dion Phaneuf on the blue line and JS Giguere between the pipes. It was obvious that the Devils were not prepared as the Leafs handled them quite easily for Giguere's first win and first shutout in a Leafs jersey.
This time the Leafs left the game with a general...
Dion Phaneuf, as of right now, is not a Norris trophy candidate.
Phaneuf took the National Hockey League by storm in his rookie season, producing 20 goals as a 20-year-old defenseman. He then had a successful sophomore campaign, breaking the 50-point barrier. In his third year, he had a 10-point increase and produced 60 points, gaining him consideration for the Norris trophy at only 22 years old.
Since then, however, Phaneuf has regressed. If his on-pace numbers are realized, this will be his worst season in terms of points, although he will pass his career-low 11 goals of last season.
While those type of numbers would warrant a top-two spot on almost any defense corps in the leag...
Not one player on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2009-10 squad has had their name chanted in the Air Canada Center. It took Dion Phaneuf all of 6 minutes and 51 seconds.
When Travis Zajac had his face plastered into the boards, I just knew we had found our very own Chuck Norris. Then, Phaneuf dropped the gloves with Colin White and my man-crush officially began.
Okay, maybe I’m getting a little too excited. But when’s the last time Leafs fans have had reason to get excited about a potential future Norris trophy winner? I, for one, think we’re entitled to some Kool-Aid drinking tonight.
But let’s get post-game thoughts brewing here, folks:
- Dion Phaneuf. That is all.
UPDATE 1:45PM:Poll added.
UPDATE 1:30PM: Giguere for Toskala and Blake now confirmed on TSN. No picks involved.
From TSN:Two teams in dire need of a shakeup have done just that, as the Calgary Flames have shipped defenceman Dion Phaneuf, forward Fredrik Sjostrom, and defenceman Keith Aulie to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White.
Sources say there could be more deals on the way, stay tuned to TCL for all the details. Could this all be a precursor to Kovalchuk becoming a flame?
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs are on t...