Tag Archives: Dion Phaneuf

What is Franson Really Worth?

13 Sep

Cody Franson

With Nazem Kadri signed to a 2 year “bridge deal”, focus now shifts on locking up the 26 year old blue-liner Cody Franson to a deal for the 2013/2014 season. With at least seven NHL ready defensemen set to go for Leafs‘ training camp, the cards are almost entirely in Dave Nonis‘ hand, and it’s likely only a matter of time before Franson is forced to submit to Nonis’ apparent offer of 2 years at roughly 2 million. But the question is: just how much is Franson really worth? Here at LeafHero we look to break down Franson’s last break out season and see just how good Franson has proven himself to be both defensively and offensively, along with the role that he’s carved out for himself on the Leafs’ blue-line.

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Why Phaneuf is a Norris candidate

9 Apr

Phaneuf

In a season where the Leafs’ top prospect Nazem Kadri has gone many nights carrying the team’s offence on his back with his point per game production, where James Reimer has consistently given the Leafs a chance to win every night putting up a 15-5-4 record, where Phil Kessel has rounded out his game to be a dependable two-way winger who’s willing to battle against the boards, it’s easy to forget about the Leafs one player who has been doing the majority of the dirty work to allow the others to shine. Phaneuf may not be making highlight reel passes, momentum shifting saves or redefining the type of player he is, like his peers may be, but quietly Phaneuf has become the team’s most valuable player and has earned the “C” stitched on his jersey. Here at LeafsHero we’ll look at the different elements of Phaneuf’s game that make him not only the team’s MVP but a possible Norris Trophy nominee.
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The Missing Pieces to the Leafs Blueline

23 Mar

Dion Phaneuf Since the dawn of the Brian Burke era till the 2012 lock out the Maple Leafs defence has been an enigma wrapped in a mystery. They have been cursed with the “Looks good on paper” disease, but haven’t been able to show that on the ice. Fans begin to wonder, how can so many different combinations of talented defensemen continually put out such pathetic results?

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