Leafs' Phaneuf May Sit Some Shifts: Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle made it clear Tuesday that he won't rest players "until the games [mean nothing]," but he might give Dion Phaneuf a couple fewer shifts per game this week. (Updated 4/23/13)
No information available at this time (Updated 5/23/13).
That pretty much amounts to a drop from 25 minutes a night to 22 or 23 for the big defender. As recently as April 10, Dion Phaneuf logged more than 30 minutes of action. Coach Carlyle loves to play a match-up game and will deploy the defender against the opposition's top line come the postseason, so a little rest won't hurt now. And it probably won't hurt your fantasy prospects, either -- he still produces just fine with a little less ice. (Updated 4/23/13).
05/12/2013 22:33 Maple Leafs hold off Bruins, force a Game 7
Captain Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel scored third-period goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Boston Bruins 2-1 Sunday to send their playoff series back to Boston for Game 7.
Yes, he's overrated. And no, he's not nearly as tough as he seemed at the beginning of his career, but Dion is still Dion. He has that big-time shot and he should be solid for a season just like his last -- 40-plus points, including lots on the man advantage with close to 100 PIMs. That's a combo that isn't as common as you might think -- just three defenders (Dion Phaneuf, Kevin Bieksa and Zdeno Chara) topped 40 points and 85 PIMs last season. Toss in 200-plus hits and 100-plus blocked shots, and suddenly he's not so overrated in specialty leagues. (Updated 8/14/12)