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Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf: A Diamond in the Rough

Posted: 20th June 2010 by mark anderson in NHL
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 ...

Ilya Kovalchuk Right Move for Maple Leafs

Posted: 18th June 2010 by mark anderson in NHL
With the free agent frenzy just around the corner, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said on numerous occasions that he’s not interested in joining the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes. But I’m not buying it.  Why not? For one, what GMs say before they act rarely coincides with what they do, and two, adding this guy just makes too much sense. Granted, Kovalchuk’s rejection of a $10 million contract from Atlanta ...