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3 Dion Phaneuf D
Height/Weight: 6-3/214 | Birthdate: 4/10/1985 | Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Team: Toronto Maple Leafs | College: None | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 92/73 | Average Draft Position: 91.56
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9/18/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Moving To Left Side This Season

News: Dion Phaneuf will move to the left side of the ice for the upcoming season, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Analysis: Given Dion Phaneuf's standing as a left-handed puck handler, the move across the ice should actually prove beneficial for the veteran blueliner, whose defensive prowess has slipped as he's aged. In addition to transitioning to the left side, Phaneuf also figures to see more relief with the offseason additions of Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas, who should help preserve the 29-year-old for the rigors of an 82-game season. Even if Phaneuf notices a reduction in minutes, he should still offer 30-to-40 point potential to go along with a bevy of hits, blocks and penalty minutes.

3/16/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Maple Leafs' Phaneuf (Illness) Tallies Two Points

News: Dion Phaneuf (illness) picked up a goal and an assist Sunday against the Capitals.
Analysis: On the one hand, Dion Phaneuf has five points in his last five games, giving him 29 on the season. On the other hand, he is a minus-6 in those games, although he is still a plus-13 on the year.

3/15/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Maple Leafs' Phaneuf Dealing With Illness

News: Dion Phaneuf missed Saturday's practice due an illness, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
Analysis: It's not clear what symptoms Dion Phaneuf is dealing with, but head coach Randy Carlyle would not guarantee that Phaneuf will play in the Maple Leafs' next game Sunday. Expect an update on Phaneuf's status before the first puck is dropped Sunday.

3/14/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Points Trickling In For Leafs' Phaneuf

News: Dion Phaneuf's first-period power-play goal against the Kings on Thursday helped key a three-score comeback by the Leafs, who ended Los Angeles' eight-game winning streak.
Analysis: He's delivered points in three of his last four games. In his only scoreless game during that span, Tuesday's loss to the Sharks, Dion Phaneuf still managed to pile up 16 penalty minutes to prop up his fantasy value.

3/7/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Sits Friday, Should Play Saturday

News: Dion Phaneuf received a maintenance day Friday, but he is expected to play in Saturday's game against the Flyers, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Analysis: Dion Phaneuf was given Friday off to rest some apparent bumps and bruises, but it appears he will avoid missing any game action so long as he makes it through Saturday's morning skate without issue. Phaneuf has tallied six goals, 18 assists, and 89 PIM in 62 games this season.

2/4/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Back In Game

News: Updating an earlier report, Dion Phaneuf (undisclosed) was able to return to Tuesday's game part-way through the second period. He left the game late in the first period after a hard hit and was not able to start the second period.
Analysis: This is great news for the Leafs and for his fantasy owners. He appears to be skating well and looks to be no worse for wear after that hit.

2/4/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf (Undisclosed) Has Not Returned

News: Dion Phaneuf did not return to the ice to start the second period of Tuesday's game because he is still being evaluated in the dressing room, according to a report on Sportsnet Ontario. He left the game late in the first period after absorbing a hard hit.
Analysis: Uh-oh. It just feels as though he'd be back if it was something simple. More when the Leafs release it.

2/4/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf: Heads To Dressing Room Early

News: Dion Phaneuf went to the dressing room late in the first period of Tuesday's game after he was hit hard in the corner, reports Sportsnet Ontario.
Analysis: There was only a minute or so left in the period and Dion Phaneuf had sent the puck up the boards. He was turning and didn't see the opposing forward bearing down on him, leaving him awkwardly exposed when the hit came. He immediately left the ice. More when it becomes available.

1/25/2014

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Gets First Goal In 13 Games

News: Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal in 13 games in Saturday's overtime loss to the Jets. It was his fifth of the season.
Analysis: Still, he has three points in his last four games and 21 on the season. His shooting percentage this season is below his established career average, so we may see a slight uptick in that category as it returns to the mean. He won't hit 40 points this season, but he will deliver hits, blocked shots and PIM, too.

1/1/2014

Dion Phaneuf, D, TOR Leafs' Phaneuf: Two Assists Extend Point Streak

Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf: Two Assists Extend Point Streak

News: Dion Phaneuf tallied two assists in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win over Detroit at the Winter Classic. He now has four points (one goal, three assists) on his current three-game streak and five points in his last five games.
Analysis: Is this a boost in production now that that big contract has been finalized and off his mind? Maybe -- his pace so far is one of his worst ever. Regardless, he's a mandatory roll while he's producing like this.

12/31/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Signs Extension

News: Dion Phaneuf agreed to a seven-year, $49 million extension with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: In 39 games this season with the Maple Leafs, the 10th-year blueliner has a rather disappointing 15 points on four goals and 11 assists. He also has totaled 50 penalty minutes. With this new contract, Dion Phaneuf will likely remain in Toronto for the remainder of his career.

12/29/2013

Dion Phaneuf, D, TOR Leafs' Phaneuf: Three Points In Last Four Games

Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf: Three Points In Last Four Games

News: Dion Phaneuf scored an empty-net goal Sunday in a win over Carolina. He has three points, including two goals, in his last four games.
Analysis: He's also apparently poised to sign a big, multi-year contract any day now, but it's clearly not weighing on his mind. His scoring pace is well below his usual rate, but he's contributing lots of hits and blocked shots. And that multi-category boost helps him retain his fantasy value, at least in some leagues.

12/13/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Back In Saturday

News: Dion Phaneuf will play Saturday vs. the Blackhawks after he completed his two-game suspension Thursday night.
Analysis: It's just a reminder for fantasy owners to get the star defenseman back into their lineup now that he's served the two-game ban for his illegal hit on the Bruins' Kevan Miller. Dion Phaneuf has 12 points and a plus-12 rating over 31 games on the season.

12/10/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Docked Two Games

News: Dion Phaneuf was suspended for two games Tuesday as a result of his boarding incident on the Bruins' Kevan Miller on Sunday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis: Dion Phaneuf doesn't have a track record of administering dirty hits, prompting the commissioner's office to go rather light on his punishment. He'll be able to return to the ice for Saturday's game, but the Leafs' already porous defense could be even more vulnerable against quality Kings and Blues teams Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

12/9/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf To Have Hearing

News: Dion Phaneuf will have a hearing Tuesday with the NHL's Department of Player Safety regarding a boarding incident on the Bruins' Kevan Miller -- who was injured on the play -- during Sunday's loss, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: The facts that Millar was injured and that a hearing was called in relative short time are working against Dion Phaneuf, but he doesn't have a history of cheap shots and no penalty was called on the play. So while a suspension is no sure thing, a short one wouldn't surprise us either. You'll have to consider that possibility as well as the Leafs' three-game week if you're setting a weekly lineup Monday.

11/19/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Two-Game Streak For Leafs' Phaneuf

News: Dion Phaneuf picked up an assist in Tuesday's game over the Islanders. He now has an assist in each of his last two games.
Analysis: He'd been quiet in the six games previous (no points), so this is a nice little streak. He's playing better all-round hockey than he has in years (perhaps ever, at least in the NHL), but his current pace puts him on a crash course for just 35 points. Fingers crossed he can amp things up.

10/22/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Scores Goal

News: Dion Phaneuf scored this second goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Ducks.
Analysis: He hadn't scored since Opening Night, but he does have five points in 10 games. That's certainly not sexy, but it is a 41-point pace. We'd like to see a bit more from Dion Phaneuf, but that's pretty much his usual pace.

10/17/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Consistent

News: Dion Phaneuf has totaled one goal and three assists through seven games this season for the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Dion Phaneuf had a goal in the season opener for the Maple Leafs, but has not found the net since. He did have two assists in a win against the Oilers on Saturday and already has totaled 10 minutes in the penalty box. He should be a consistent performer on defense most of the season.

10/1/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Toronto's Phaneuf Nets First Of Season

News: Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's Opening Night win over the Canadiens.
Analysis: It was a quick wrister that fooled Carey Price. Dion Phaneuf is better known for his monstrous shot from the point, but a goal is a goal. He appears poised for a strong year.

6/28/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' GM Insists Phaneuf Not On Block

News: Leafs' general manager Dave Nonis shot down suggestions Friday that the Leafs were planning on trading Dion Phaneuf this weekend, according to the Toronto Star, but he did acknowledge that "very few players are untouchable."
Analysis: "He's [Dion Phaneuf] done a very good job for us," Nonis said Friday. "Dion gets a bad rap by some people in Toronto. He took a big step for us last year. He was a significant part of our team. I don't envision moving Dion." Rumors do remain that the Avalanche are interested in the big blueliner if they do not draft Seth Jones on Sunday.

4/23/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf May Sit Some Shifts

News: 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.
Analysis: 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.

4/15/2013

Dion Phaneuf, D, TOR Leafs' Phaneuf Among NHL's Blue Line Best

Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Among NHL's Blue Line Best

News: Dion Phaneuf tallied a power-play assist in Monday's win over New Jersey. He has five points (one goal, four assists) in his last six games.
Analysis: He's now tied for fourth in points (26) by NHL defenders. Use him well.

3/28/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf Picks Up Three Points

News: Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and added two assists in Thursday's win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: After scoring Tuesday against Florida, Dion Phaneuf kept up the productivity. He's notched 11 points in 13 games in March -- fine production for any skater, but particularly a defenseman.

3/26/2013

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Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaneuf: Top-20 Scorer From Blue Line

News: Dion Phaneuf scored his sixth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Florida. He now has 18 points in 34 games.
Analysis: He's on a similar scoring pace to last season's (approximately 0.50 points per game). That makes him a top-20 defender. Use him accordingly.

3/9/2013

Dion Phaneuf, D, TOR Leafs' Phaenuf: Three More Assists

Dion Phaneuf

Leafs' Phaenuf: Three More Assists

News: Dion Phaneuf set up three Toronto goals in Saturday's shootout loss to Pittsburgh. He now has five assists in his last three games.
Analysis: He had a very sluggish start to season, but 14 of his 15 points have come in his last 15 games. That type of production is outstanding from any skater, but flat-out brilliant from a defender. Apply liberally and enjoy.