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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News:Dion Phaneuf picked up two assists Wednesday against Ottawa. He now has 12 points this season.
Analysis: The 12 points don't seem like much, but it is when we tell you that 11 of them have come in his last 13 games. He's gathering value under the radar.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and assisted on another in Thursday's win over Buffalo.
Analysis: After ending his five-game points streak on Tuesday, Dion Phaneuf went right back out there and started another one. He's been typically effective this year, with what's become typically bad plus-minus.
News:Dion Phaneuf's point streak now stands at four games and five points (two goals, three assists) after he picked up an assist in Saturday's win over the Senators. He also picked up a minor penalty.
Analysis: Eighteen of his 22 penalty minutes have come in the same four games. He plays his best hockey when he's engaged physically and he is that right now. Be sure to take full advantage.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and picked up a major penalty for spearing in Monday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: He has points in back-to-back games and is finally starting to pick up the snarl. It's about time.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal of the season in Toronto's 6-0 win over Montreal. He also added an assist. Both points came on the power play.
Analysis: He has been criticized for his lack of offense in some circles and it has surely frustrated fantasy owners. These points are his first since opening night against -- you guessed it -- the Habs. Now let's hope he keeps this up.
Leafs' Phaneuf Second In The League In Time On Ice
News:Dion Phaneuf is embracing his role as captain by leading the team in ice time, good for second in the NHL. He's skating 27:56 a game through five contests.
Analysis:Dion Phaneuf is on a four-game scoreless streak but played a season high 32 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Rangers. The opportunities are there and expect Phaneuf to pick up the offense as they will be relied upon to win because of the Leafs' shaky goaltending.
News:Dion Phaneuf will serve as as alternate captain for Team Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, reports the Toronto Star.
Analysis: Let's hope this experience helps him build his game and confidence -- his game seemed to be a bit scattered at the end of the season.
News:Dion Phaneuf will respresent Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championship, reports TSN.
Analysis: He and teammate Luke Schenn will help lead the way for their country starting May 4. It's another leadership opportunity for the big blueliner, who'll be expected to tighten his game for the Leafs next season.
News:Dion Phaneuf closed out Toronto's scoring for the 2011-12 season, registering the Leafs' only goal in a 4-1 loss at Montreal on Saturday night. He finished the night minus-2 with two shots and two penalty minutes.
Analysis: He closes the books on this season with 44 points, still a ways off his blistering start with the Flames at the outet of his career. Expect him to retain the C on his sweater, and to be among the bulk of above-average NHL rearguards next season.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal in 13 games in Saturday's win over Ottawa.
Analysis: It's his 10th goal and 41st point of the season. He'd gone five games without a point but could still manage to match the 47 he tallied his last season in Calgary.
News:Dion Phaneuf's assist Tuesday stretched his point streak to four games and six points (all assists).
Analysis: He now has 40 points on the season; it's the first time he has accomplished that since 2008-09. Dion Phaneuf still looks a bit tentative at times, but that's largely irrelevant to most fantasy owners. Use him well.
News:Dion Phaneuf picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's win over the Canadiens. It extended his point streak to three games and five assists.
Analysis: Four of those five helpers have come with the man advantage. He now has 39 points and a tie with the Caps' Dennis Wideman for sixth in scoring from the blue line. There's still an outside shot he'll get 50 points this season but it'll be tough to do as games tighten up as the season comes to a close.
News:Dion Phaneuf picked up three assists Tuesday in a loss to Florida.
Analysis: Great night for points, bad night for defensive coverage. Dion Phaneuf ended up taking out his own goalie on the Panthers' fifth goal. Phaneuf hasn't been delivering of late -- he had just one goal in the last seven games. Hopefully he can put the defensive miscues behind him and start delivering more points.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored his ninth goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: He has 34 points on the season but has struggled with just two points and a minus-3 rating in his last six games, a span where the Leafs have gone 1-5. And he has just six points in his last 18 games. He continues to deliver plenty of hits and blocked shots, though, and he could go on an offensive tear at any time. Keep the faith.
News:Dion Phaneuf picked up two assists in Monday's win over the Oilers to reach the 300-point mark for his career.
Analysis: He has four points in his last four games and is on a near-50 point pace, a tally that would be his best since the highs of his Calgary days. He is a steadying force on the ice and a strong fantasy option.
News:Dion Phaneuf was injured on a late, low-bridge hit from Ottawa's Nick Foligno in the second period of Tuesday's game.
Analysis: He cartwheeled in the air and landed on his shoulder and neck, and was slow to get up. He went to the dressing room, but was able to return to the ice later in the period. He will definitely be sore after that one, but he seems to be OK. Foligno received a two-minute penalty for clipping. The two then fought later in the period.
News:Dion Phaneuf (mouth) scored a power-play goal in Toronto's win over Detroit on Saturday night.
Analysis: He intercepted a pass and fired a slapper that clocked in at over 100 mph. It stretched his current point streak to four games and six points (two goals, four assists), including four on the PP. He's on pace for mid-50s point totals -- use him accordingly.
News:Dion Phaneuf (mouth) is expected to play against Detroit on Saturday, MapleLeafs.com reports.
Analysis:Dion Phaneuf's owners appear to have little cause for concern heading into the weekend. We'll certainly make note if that changes.
News:Dion Phaneuf (mouth) did not practice Friday but should be ready for Saturday's game, according to Toronto's Sportsnet 590 The Fan. He took a puck to the mouth in Thursday's game.
Analysis: It's a big game against the Wings so it's good that he'll be there. He's on a three-game, five-point scoring streak and has eight points in his last seven games. Keep him rolling.
News:Dion Phaneuf took a puck to the mouth in Thursday's game and did not return.
Analysis: Reports on Toronto's CTV News later suggested the big defender should be just fine. Phew. He may just have a couple fewer teeth by the time it's all done.
News:Dion Phaneuf was voted to the Eastern Conference All-Star Squad. He received 614,933 fan votes.
Analysis: Sure the starters are pretty much the winners of a popularity contest but it's still an honor. Dion Phaneuf has six goals and 20 assists in 39 games heading into action Thursday.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and assist, both on the power play, in Tuesday's win over the Lightning. He also fired a game-high nine shots on net.
Analysis: He now has two, two-point games in a row and three power-play points in that span. He was involved physically with Steven Downie all night long and took a roughing penalty. But that's just the kind of action that amps up his game.
News:Dion Phaneuf tallied two assists in Saturday's loss to Winnipeg.
Analysis: One came on the power play. Dion has five points in his last five games but this is his first multi-point game in 15 contests. Still, he's on a 50-plus point pace and should be rolled in all situations.
News:Dion Phaneuf stretched his point streak to three games with a goal in the Leafs' 5-3 loss to the Panthers on Tuesday night.
Analysis: He will be expected to step up his play now that John-Michael Liles is on the IR. But that could actually depress his offensive output -- he isn't a natural puck mover and tends to do too much when he tries to take on that job. It's worth monitoring.
News:Dion Phaneuf picked up an assist Friday against the Islanders. He now has points in back-to-back games.
Analysis: The back-to-back part is the thing that's the sweetest for us. Prior to Friday night, Dion Phaneuf had just one point in his previous 10 games. He's still a top-20 scoring defender but that could soon take a leap if he can come out of the break on the same pace as he went in. Slot him in for your post-Christmas games.
News:Dion Phaneuf will not face a suspension for a hit on Buffalo's Zach Kassian that got him ejected from Friday's game, according to the Maple Leafs' official Twitter page.
Analysis: As such, Dion Phaneuf will play his regular role on the Maple Leafs' top defensive pairing in Saturday's game against the Canucks.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored a power-play goal before being ejected from Friday's game for boarding Sabres' pesky winger Zach Kassian. He received a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct.
Analysis: Kassian missed the rest of the second period but was able to return. But that doesn't mean a suspension isn't looming. We may know more tomorrow.
News:Dion Phaneuf stretched his point streak to three games with an assist in Tuesday's win over Tampa.
Analysis: He's now tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring from the blue line. Welcome back, big guy.
News:Dion Phaneuf picked up another power-play assist in Sunday's loss to Carolina.
Analysis: He has three power-play helpers in his last two games after picking up just one point in the previous nine games. He's playing his best hockey since his Calgary days. Take advantage.
News:Dion Phaneuf had two assists Saturday. It was his first multi-point effort since October 29.
Analysis: He has really struggled since then, delivering just three assists -- including the two Saturday -- in the 10 games since. We'd like to see a lot more goal scoring from him (he only has two on the season). But he is on pace for a mid-50 point season and that would be his best since 2007-08. Get him back in there.
News:Dion Phaneuf had two helpers Saturday and now has 11 points in 10 games this season.
Analysis: He is playing like he did during his Norris-nomination season. We don't expect the pace to continue but we're going to enjoy the ride this season. It should be fun. You know what to do.
News:Dion Phaneuf's point streak now stands at four games and six points after he scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's OT win over Montreal.
Analysis: He's been absolutely outstanding this season. He has two goals, seven assists and 14 hits, as well as a plus-6 rating. He hasn't had this kind of production since his glory days in Calgary. You know what to do.
News:Dion Phaneuf picked up an assist in Toronto's overtime loss to Colorado on Monday. He led all skaters with 28:04 of ice time and put seven shots on goal.
Analysis: The enigmatic Leafs' captain has been kept off the scoresheet just once this season and was active in at both ends of the ice in Monday's loss. He's playing with the confidence shown earlier in his career as he aims to return the Leafs to relevance in the Eastern Conference.
News:Dion Phaneuf had a two-point night Thursday against the Canadiens.
Analysis: He scored a goal and added a shorthanded assist in a 2-0 win. He also logged a hefty 23:57 in ice time. Dion Phaneuf's confidence is back, and that should translate into strong fantasy output this season. Draft and play him with confidence.
News: Phaneuf has impressed former NHL coach and now Team Canada coach Ken Hitchcock with his improved maturity and positioning at the World Hockey Championship, according to Canadian Press.
Analysis: "He's really composed," said Hitchcock. "He's receiving the rush now, that's the best way I can describe it. When he first came in the league, it was attack the rush, step up and he created his gaps by that. (Now) he's in position to receive the rush, he's in position when the puck turns over to be an outlet. His game is mature and it's refined now." That's got to be music to Leafs' general manager Brian Burke's ears -- it's certainly music to ours. He really stepped up his output after Tomas Kaberle was traded and he'll be finally worth his fantasy draft position this fall.
News: Phaneuf has accepted an offer to represent Canada at the upcoming World Championships, according to TSN.ca.
Analysis: He elevated his game over the last month of the season, snagging 17 points in his last 26 games. And since the All-Star break, he logged the most minutes per game of any Eastern Conference skater.
News: Phaneuf ended a five-game goal drought with a tally in Tuesday's win over Toronto, giving him four points in the last three games.
Analysis: The Leafs' captain has been seeing his name on the scoresheet often as he aims to regain the glory years of his career in Alberta, a mere three seasons ago. Phaneuf has been playing solid hockey and he can be a bit of boost as the Leafs' attempt to stave off playoff elimination.
News: Phaneuf picked up an assist in Saturday's loss to the Red Wings. He now has three assists in his last two games.
Analysis: He also cracked the glass behind the Wings' net with a slap shot late in the second period; the teams actually left the ice and finished the second period at the start of the third.
News: Phaneuf picked up two assists Thursday in a win over Colorado.
Analysis: So that makes 13 points in 17 games since -- you guessed it -- the Tomas Kaberle era ended in Toronto. Compare that to 15 points in the 42 games while Kabby was there and you have a rather rough-and-tumble butterfly finally spreading his wings. He'll be had on the cheap in next year's draft and there's a strong chance he could re-approach the 50-point level next year. Put that in your back pocket.
News: Phaneuf scored two power-play goals, including the game winner, in Wednesday's win over Carolina. He also picked up an assist.
Analysis: He's on a four-game scoring streak and he has five goals and six assists in his last 11 games; six of those 11 have come with the man advantage. He's as hot as they come right now.
News: Phaneuf scored his fifth goal of the season Monday. He is on a three-game point streak.
Analysis: He has picked things up of late and has eight points in his last 10 games. The points are coming because he's jumping into the rush and laying the body, two things that add up to increased engagement for the former Norris candidate. He's a must-roll right now and he's starting to re-establish his long-term value. Go figure.
News: Phaneuf picked up an assist Saturday. He has seven points in his last nine games.
Analysis: His fantasy value may never reach the same lofty heights it had early in his career but he's looking a lot more comfortable in blue and white. And he's finally delivering a fantasy push for his owners who stayed patient. Make sure you take advantage.
News: Phaneuf scored a goal and added an assist, both of which came on the power play, in Saturday's shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: He's still not scoring like we'd like but he's more physically engaged of late and that only means good things for his overall value.
News: Phaneuf grabbed two assists in Tuesday's win over the Bruins.
Analysis: This counts as the captain's first multi-point game of the season. Though he didn't add any goals, Phaneuf fired six shots on net. With 13 shots in the last three games, it's becoming apparent that he is looking to be more involved with the puck.
News: Phaneuf scored his first goal since December 14 on Monday in the win over Atlanta.
Analysis: Phaneuf's been playing well of late, and he logged over 26 minutes in the victory. He has two points in the last four games, hardly earthshattering, but he has five points in eight games since January 20.
News: Phaneuf picked up another assist Thursday in a win over the Hurricanes. He now has four helpers in his his last six games.
Analysis: We really like what we see from him lately and this little uptick in output could actually signal a much more productive final 30 games for the big captain. But the guy with the booming shot has gone 21 games without a goal and has just a single marker on the season. He's missing the net a lot but something is obviously going on here. Still, we'll take any production we can get. Otherwise, he becomes expendable in single-year leagues -- you can only hold on and hope for so long.
News: Phaneuf picked up an assist Monday and once again set the tone with his physical play. He has points in three straight games.
Analysis: He flattened Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu with a bulldozing, open-ice hit in the first minute of play and then set up a goal early in the third with a sparkling slap-pass that opened up the ice for teammate Tim Brent. It's the first time we've seen some real glimmers of fantasy talent in a long time.
News: Phaneuf picked up an assist Saturday. He now has points in back-to-back games.
Analysis: He seems to be more engaged of late and he's moving better, too. He's getting opportunities and he managed seven shots Saturday. Best of all, most of the rubber he hammered actually hit the net, something that hasn't happened in a long time. He has to produce better than he did in the first half; he may actually be a buy- (really) low target.
News: Phaneuf picked up 15 minutes in penalties in the Leafs' embarrassing 7-0 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night. He fought Kris Newbury in the third period.
Analysis: It's just the third fight of the year for this former tough customer and it was embarrassing, just like the loss. Newbury is all of 5-10 and 205, and in one quick movement, he grabbed Phaneuf's jersey, yanked it over his head and twisted it with his fist under Dion's chin, and then let loose with several hard crosses with the other hand. The linesmen broke it up immediately given Dion's "vulnerability." It was a nice little boost to your PIM category; that is, if you were rolling the unproductive underachiever.
News: Phaneuf picked up his first point in seven games in Tuesday's win over the Sharks.
Analysis: He also Phaneufed one of the Sharks' forwards late in the game; maybe this is a positive sign. The Buds will continue to trot him out there, even on the PP, so his point offense is bound to pick up.
Maple Leafs' Phaneuf Misses Practice, Still Expects to Play Thursday
News: Phaneuf did not participate in Wednesday's practice, Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail reports.
Analysis: Phaneuf is apparently away from the team, but he is still expected to play in Thursday's game against Calgary. Check Phaneuf's status again Thursday just in case his absence is related to the leg injury that cost him most of the season.
News: Phaneuf notched his first goal of the season on a powerful point shot in Tuesday's win over the Oilers.
Analysis: He has a goal and assist in his three games since his return from injury. Get him in there if you haven't already.
News: Phaneuf picked up an assist on Toronto's lone goal in his return to the lineup Thursday in a loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: He took a team-high five shots on goal and skated 24:36, so it looks like he's back to full strength.
News: Phaneuf (leg) will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against Philadelphia, the Toronto Sun reports.
Analysis: Phaneuf said he probably could have played Wednesday, but Toronto wanted to hold him out one more day to make sure he was ready to go. You now officially have the green light to get him back in your lineup.
News: Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said that Phaneuf (leg) could play as early as Thursday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: It was previously believed that Saturday was the earliest possible return date for Phaneuf, but the recent progress seems to be encouraging. We'd wait until this becomes official before activating him, however.
News: Phaneuf (leg) may return as soon as Saturday, reports the Toronto Sun.
Analysis: "He's getting close, he had a great workout (on Monday in Washington)," Leafs assistant coach Rob Zettler said following Wednesday's practice. "I think you'll probably see him within the next three or four days now." If he has no setbacks in his recovery this week, Phaneuf could be in the lineup Saturday night at home against Montreal.
News: Phaneuf (leg) says his recovery is going "better than expected," reports the Toronto Star.
Analysis: He has worked out on the ice with his mates for about an hour two days in a row. "It's kind of day-by-day right now," said Phaneuf, between periods in Monday night's win over the Capitals. "I can't really tell you what day I'm planning on coming back. It depends how it reacts, how I feel the day after pushing it. Right now, everything has been positive." Not only was Phaneuf's leg cut but so was his medial collateral ligament in his knee; a fraction of an inch further down and it would have severed the ligament entirely. Dion is experimenting with new cut-resistant sock technology that has been sewn into long underwear for him to prevent future problems. His return could come as soon as the middle of next week.
News: Phaneuf (leg) has been cleared to return to practice, the Toronto Star reports. He was on the ice Sunday morning.
Analysis: Phaneuf is a full participant in practice again, and is targeting the Leafs' game in Calgary on Dec. 16 for a return. Phaneuf will be with the team on its two-game road trip to Washington and Pittsburgh.
News: Phaneuf (leg) could return to the Leafs' lineup in one-to-two weeks, James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe & Mail reports.
Analysis: He resumed skating early last week, and it's possible that he'll accompany his teammates on the upcoming western Canada road trip. Phaneuf hasn't played since having his calf lacerated by a skate blade back on Nov. 2.
Leafs' Phaeuf Hits Ice for First Time Since Surgery
News: Phaneuf (leg) skated Wednesday for the first time since his injury and subsequent surgery, report the Toronto Star.
Analysis: He was only in a track suit and essentially mucked around, firing a few pucks and getting his legs back under him. Mid-December remains his return target.
News: Phaneuf (leg laceration) could hit the ice as early as next week, reports Toronto's AM640.
Analysis: "He's walking now," Ron Wilson explained after Tuesday's game-day skate, "[with] a slight limp, barely even noticeable. Hopefully within the next week he'll be able to get back on the ice." The wound itself has healed; it's only a matter of time before the internal injury is healed and he rebuilds his strength. He was injured two weeks ago and was given a four-to-six week return timetable at the time of the injury.
News: Phaneuf (leg laceration) underwent successful surgery and will be out four-to-six weeks, reports Sportsnet.ca.
Analysis: The surgery was performed late Tuesday night after the game. The Leafs recalled defenceman Korbinian Holzer to fill Phaneuf's roster spot.
News: Phaneuf (leg laceration) is out at least four weeks, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: There early reports weren't encouraging from Phaneuf's girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert, but this seems to be an injury similar to that of Kevin Bieksa's from last season. Look for the Leafs to make a roster move in the near future, while Phaneuf will likely be out until at least early December.
News: Phaneuf, who left Tuesday's game with an injury, has a deep cut on his leg and was taken to a hospital, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Details were not available for what the Leafs initially called a "lower-body injury." Don't expect him for Wednesday's game.
News: Phaneuf left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, reports the Canadian Press. He did not return.
Analysis: He got tied up with Ottawa's Peter Regin behind the net and fell awkwardly to the ice. He immediately clutched his left knee but the team would only characterize the injury as "lower body."
News: Phaneuf has three assists in his first seven games but is still waiting on his first goal. And his on-ice performance has been sloppy at best in the last few games.
Analysis: He has made a few glaring errors and poorly-timed pinches, and the opposition has taken complete advantage. It seems as though he's trying too hard to be Mr. Everything; simplifying his game would go a long, long way to improving his game (and his output). You may be forced to sit him, particularly in plus-minus heavy leagues, until he pulls things together.
News: Phaneuf picked up a power-play assist in Monday's OT loss to the Islanders.
Analysis: He still hasn't fired a goal but he's getting plenty of shots; the markers will come. He has three points in five games and should be active in all formats.
News: Phaneuf was both good and bad in Wednesday's win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: His double gaffe late in the first -- first he reversed the puck without a teammate in sight and then tried to Bobby Orr it in front of his own net only to lose it in his skates -- led to a Matt Cooke goal. But then he redeemed himself by setting up a power-play goal early in the second. He'll improve his overall game soon enough but really, his two points and 12 PIMs in his first three games are all that matter to most fantasy owners.
News: Maple Leafs D Dion Phaneuf tallied an assist and finished at minus-1 on Monday against the Sharks. He has no goals, two assists and a plus-1 rating in four games since being acquired in a trade with Calgary.
Analysis: Not a lot has changed for Phaneuf since landing in Toronto. He is still logging heavy minutes in all situations. He is firing shots at will. And he is also getting into fights. Phaneuf might not be as reliable a Fantasy option as he once was, but he is still a pretty good option in most formats.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs shook up their struggling club, acquiring defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames in a seven-player deal Sunday and swapping goalies with Anaheim to get Jean-Sebastien Giguere. "Of course the centerpiece of the deal is Dion Phaneuf," Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said at a news conference Sunday. "A couple of words come to mind with him, like 'elite player.' He's a warrior, he's got a cannon for a shot and he plays the game hard. I want players that play the game hard. He makes our power play better, he's a big hitter and a quality human being. We're thrilled to have him." Along with Phaneuf, Toronto received Keith Aulie and Fredrik Sjostrom from Calgary in exchange for Ian White, Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman and Jamal Mayers. The Maple Leafs also traded goalie Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake to Anaheim for Giguere.
Analysis: After weeks of denying that Phaneuf was on his way out the door, the Flames finally moved the underachieving blueliner. They really wanted to get his contract off the books since his performance wasn't matching the money he was making. Phaneuf has 10 goals and 22 points in 55 games. It's still pretty good production from a blueliner, but the Flames and Fantasy owners expect more. Perhaps the new digs will spark Phaneuf, who still has high-end Fantasy appeal. We just worry his plus-minus might drop since Toronto is not a top contender.
News:The Sports Xchange reports it's that time of year in which desirable players hit the trade market. And the Rangers, despite their glaring salary-cap restrictions, always wind up being mentioned amid the rumor mill. Citing "a NHL GM," the New York Post reported Saturday that the Calgary Flames are "desperate" to move top defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who is owed $6.5 million annually through 2013-14. The report also mentioned that the Rangers, whose primary needs include adding size and toughness on the defensive end, were scouted Thursday in Philadelphia by Calgary GM Darryl Sutter and his brother, pro scout Ron Sutter. The Flames also were said to be represented by a scout Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
Analysis: The Rangers, whose next game is Monday against Pittsburgh, won't be able to add a player as expensive as Phaneuf without shedding a big contract such as Wade Redden or Michal Rozsival. The Flames reportedly also are looking for offensive help in return for Phaneuf, and they likely would ask for center Brandon Dubinsky in any package from the Rangers. It's kind of funny these rumors are still rampant since a few weeks ago both Sutter and Phaneuf denied he was going anywhere. Phaneuf is having a down season and his play has been erratic since last season. It's easy to see why Calgary might want to move the slumping blueliner. Perhaps a change of scenery will do Phaneuf well, but until that happens, it's purely speculation.
News: The Calgary Herald reports Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf shot down rumors on Friday that he demanded a trade out of town. "I've never asked for a trade and I'm very happy here," the 24-year-old blueliner said after several reports surfaced. "That hasn't even crossed my mind. For you to be asking these questions today, it's a huge surprise but I understand you have to report on it." Rumors started to swirl after Phaneuf was reportedly overhead having a heated discussion with coach Brent Sutter in December. General manager Darryl Sutter also squashed the rumor mill on Friday. "Whoever makes up that stuff is not doing anything," Sutter said. "We've worked really hard at building a top young defense in the league and our intention is to keep them, so that's just from somebody who didn't have anything to do on that day. There are no rumors, believe me. I don't know where that comes from."
Analysis: Phaneuf said he heard nothing of the rumors until reporters brought it up to him on Friday. It might be easy to see why folks are getting short with Phaneuf since he has struggled offensively over the last few months. He has only three goals and nine points in his last 31 games. His poor run could have been a huge reason Phaneuf was left off the Team Canada roster. Hopefully, the Olympics snub and these rumors will be enough to spark Phaneuf, who was drafted as no worse than a No. 2 Fantasy defenseman.
News: Wednesday's game against Calgary and Los Angeles got off to a rousing start with Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf ejected 5 minutes into the first period after ramming Kings scoring leader Anze Kopitar into the boards in the Calgary end. Phaneuf was assessed a boarding major and game misconduct on the play, which resulted in the 22-year-old Slovenian having his helmet fly off as his head hit the dasher where the boards meets the glass. Kopitar remained down for a couple minutes before leaving the ice under his own power. While the penalties from the ensuring melee were being sorted out, coaches Brent Sutter of the Flames and Terry Murray of the Kings got into it with a verbal exchange. Kopitar didn't miss any shifts, and the Saddledome crowd soundly booed him each time he touched the puck the rest of the game.
Analysis: You have to wonder if Phaneuf was just a little upset he was left off the Canadian Olympic roster and took out his frustrations on Kopitar. Don't be surprised if a suspension follows. Phaneuf has leveled out offensively after a fast start. He has eight goals and 17 points in 38 games, but he can play better. Perhaps that is why he was an Olympic snub. Phaneuf still has high-end Fantasy appeal despite his recent poor play. Keep tabs on his progress leading up to Week 14 (Jan. 4-10).
News:Miikka Kiprusoff made 34 saves, and Dion Phaneuf and Nigel Dawes scored in the Calgary Flames' 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Phaneuf opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the final second of the first period. With 2.9 seconds remaining in the first, Olli Jokinen beat Anze Kopitar off the faceoff and drew the puck back to Jarome Iginla on the power play. The Calgary captain quickly slid the puck back to Phaneuf at the blue line, and the defenseman one-timed a slap shot past goalie Jonathan Quick. After video review, the goal stood as Phaneuf's seventh of the season and first in 20 games.
Analysis: Phaneuf has slowed down offensively after totaling nine points (five goals) in his first 11 games. We just haven't gotten why Phaneuf has been such an erratic offensive player the last two seasons. He is one of the better all-around blueliners in the NHL, and has a lot to play for this season since he is trying to make the Canadian Olympic team. At this point, we can only hope for a huge second half. Phaneuf still has high-end Fantasy appeal despite his points drought.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf tallied a pair of assists and finished at even on Monday against the Predators. Both assists came on the power play. He has three assists in his last six games but no goals in 12 contests.
Analysis: Phaneuf really cooled off in November. He finished with just four points after having five goals in 12 October games. Phaneuf has really been an inconsistent player since last season and it has frustrated Fantasy owners to no end. Still, he does fill the stat sheet by season s end, so Phaneuf remains a viable Fantasy start.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored 2:50 into overtime to give the Flames a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Phaneuf whistled a shot off the shin guard of St. Louis winger T.J. Oshie and past goalie Chris Mason for his sixth goal. "It got tipped up high," Mason said. "He was shooting at the other side of the net and it went in the short side." Phaneuf said the goal was, "a classic example of traffic. Luckily, it went in."
Analysis: Phaneuf had his first goal in five games on Thursday and he definitely made sure it counted. We have really been impressed with Phaneuf to start the 2009-10 season after he had his worst season as a pro in 2008-09. With a spot on the Canadian Olympic roster up for grabs, Phaneuf is playing with some added incentive. He remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and finished at plus-2 during Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets. Despite being outplayed for the entire period, Calgary broke a 3-3 tie at 13:44 of the second on Phaneuf's team-leading fifth goal. "He just got a quick release off mid-stride and the puck kind of caught me off-guard a bit," goalie Steve Mason said. "You look at that, we just tied the game up and then you let a goal in like that. It really takes a lot of energy out of the team."
Analysis: How can Fantasy owners be disappointed with Phaneuf's start? He has been one of the best Fantasy options in 2009-10 after a disappointing 2008-09 campaign. We just hope he can keep it up and doesn't level off. Phaneuf is really motivated to make the Canadian Olympic team, so he will probably continue to play extremely well in the meantime. He remains a high-end Fantasy option.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and finished at minus-1 during Friday's game against the Stars. Phaneuf's third goal of the season put Calgary on the scoreboard with the man advantage at 4:17 of the second. He has a point in five straight games (two assists).
Analysis: About the only thing not going in Phaneuf's favor to start the season is his plus-minus rating (minus-4). He is off to a great start in 2009-10 after having the worst season of his career in 2008-09. Phaneuf has a lot of motivation to do well this season since he wants to play for Team Canada in the Olympics. Despite the down year, we still like Phaneuf as a high-end Fantasy option.
News:Rene Bourque, Brandon Prust and defensemen Mark Giordano and Adam Pardy scored for the Flames, and defenseman Dion Phaneuf added an empty-netter to seal the win during Thursday's 5-3 victory against the Canucks.
Analysis: The Flames are really excited about Phaneuf's 2009-10 outlook after he posted a career-low 47 points in 2008-09. They say he is really motivated by the chance to play for Team Canada in the Olympics and that could only mean great things for Fantasy owners. It also helps that Jay Bouwmeester is in town. With Bouwmeester's solid passing skills, it could help setup Phaneuf's heavy shot on the power play. Despite the down year, we still like Phaneuf as a high-end Fantasy option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports it's funny the difference a year has made for Dion Phaneuf. Last summer, the Flames defenseman was a rising star. He was a runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the league's top blue-liner and figured to be a can't-miss player on Canada's 2010 Olympic Winter Games team. Twelve months later, on the eve of the 2009-10 season, Phaneuf is still in the hunt for a spot on the prestigious team, but hardly a sure thing. In fact, it's going to be an uphill climb to be part of the squad that will go for gold in Vancouver. By no means can Phaneuf be written off. He's as much in the mix for the few roster spots open as the likes of Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, Mike Green, Dan Boyle and Robyn Regehr.
Analysis: Phaneuf will have to be greatly improved from his disappointing season of a year ago -- both offensively and defensively. However, with Brent Sutter taking the head coaching reins and the extra motivation of being an Olympian for a tournament in Canada, we'll see just how motivated he can become. "We've made a lot of moves in the offseason from the Flames standpoint, and that's exciting," he said. "We made some big changes, big acquisitions. From talking with the guys coming back, everybody's excited to get going and that starts shortly." The addition of Jay Bouwmeester could help take some of the pressure off Phaneuf, who still fills the stat sheet enough to pass as a high-end Fantasy option Draft Day.
News:The Sports Xchange reports a year ago, D Dion Phaneuf was runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman. This season, he failed to come close to expectations. His goal (11) and point (47) totals were a career worst. Phaneuf was also a minus-11.
Analysis: Phaneuf was rumored to be dealing with hip problems all season, back problems late in the season and then a cracked rib/sternum and separated shoulder in the playoffs. He said a couple of months of rest is all he needs. The defenseman is only 24 years old, so it's not time to give up on him, but he needs a bounce-back season. The Flames are getting a new head coach but we aren't sure if that's a good thing or bad. Phaneuf is still one of the better all-around defenders in the NHL and is too good of a talent to decline this earlier in his career. He is going to have high-end Fantasy appeal Draft Day despite the down season.
News: Calgary Flames D Dion Phaneuf did not play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night after taking a hard hit during their game over the weekend. His absence could have been part of the season the Flames lost on Monday, 4-1, and were eliminated from the playoffs.
Analysis: Fantasy owners are simply hoping this isn't something that carries over to next season. Phaneuf is a must-start in Fantasy despite having a down season and will be one of the first Ds off the board on Draft Day 2009.
News: Calgary Flames D Dion Phaneuf will not play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night after taking a hard hit during their game over the weekend. The Norris Trophy nominee was hit by Chicago's Troy Bouwer with about 8 minutes left in Saturday's Game 5, which the Blackhawks won 5-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. Phaneuf skated off the ice after the hit and did not return. Flames coach Mike Keenan said Phaneuf "is not available" for Game 6 and did not participate in the team's Monday skate.
Analysis: Phaneuf might be back for Game 7 if the series goes that far, but Fantasy owners will be hoping this isn't something that carries over to next season. He is a must-start in Fantasy despite having a down season and will be one of the first Ds off the board on Draft Day 2009.
News: The injury-riddled Flames will need every advantage home ice gives them to avoid a first-round ousting for the fourth straight season when they play the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Sunday. D Dion Phaneuf is the latest to join Calgary's long injury list. With about eight minutes remaining Saturday, Chicago's Troy Brouwer leveled Phaneuf after the Flames defenseman unloaded a shot on net. Phaneuf wobbled to the bench and did not return to the game. Phaneuf didn't speak to reporters Sunday and Keenan's assessment of him was "day to day," which has been the coach's standard postseason response.
Analysis: Phaneuf was questionable for the start of the series with an undisclosed injury but was able to make it through the first five games of the series. Hopefully this injury won't keep him out of Game 6 but more importantly to Fantasy owners is that it won't be something that carries over to next season. He is a must-start in Fantasy despite having a down season and will be one of the first Ds off the board on Draft Day 2009.
News: Calgary D Dion Phaneuf was able to play in Game One of the Western Conference playoffs on Thursday against the Blackhawks. He sat out of the Flames' regular season finale with an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: Phaneuf ended up with a career low 47 points in what was an extremely down year by his standards. Despite the down year, he was still one of the best defenseman in terms of offensive stats this season and will be a high-end option on Draft Day 2009.
News: Calgary D Dion Phaneuf sat out of the Flames' regular season finale on Saturday against the Oilers with an undisclosed injury. He is considered questionable for the start of the Western Conference playoffs.
Analysis: Phaneuf finishes the 2008-2009 season with a career low 47 points on the season and is now questionable for the start of the playoffs. He could just be saving his energy for the start of the playoffs and it's hard to imagine he'll miss any time in the playoffs. He is still a high-end option looking ahead to 2009 despite the down year.
News: Recent Quad Cities call-up John Negrin took defenseman Dion Phaneuf's spot in the Flames' lineup Friday against the Oilers. Phaneuf is thought to be nursing an injury.
Analysis: Phaneuf could also just be resting for the playoffs, but he wasn't in the lineup Friday and that raised some red flags. Phaneuf had a strong second half to make it up to 47 points, but it is still a career-low after totaling a career-high 60 points in 2008-09. Phaneuf will lose some value on Draft Day 2009 because of his shaky season, but he still ranks among the top defensemen on the market.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf tallied two assists and finished at plus-2 during Thursday's game against the Stars. Phaneuf has one goal and four assists in his last six games. He has eight multi-assist games on the season.
Analysis: Phaneuf still doesn't have a month in 2008-09 with 10 or more points, but he has scored six times since Feb. 1 and has totaled 47 points on the season. While it hasn't been a banner year for Phaneuf, he still has worth as a high-end Fantasy defenseman.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf tallied an assist and finished at even during Monday's game against the Sharks. He has one goal and two assists in his last five games.
Analysis: Phaneuf still doesn't have a month in 2008-09 with 10 or more points, but he has scored six times since Feb. 1 and has totaled 45 points on the season. While it hasn't been a banner year for Phaneuf, he still has worth as a high-end Fantasy defenseman.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf scored a goal during Monday's 5-3 win against the Red Wings. The only goal of the first period came at 10:57 when Phaneuf scored his 11th goal on Calgary's second shot. Phaneuf's harmless-looking snap shot from just over the blue line beat Chris Osgood on his glove side. He has two goals and four assists in his last five games.
Analysis: Phaneuf still doesn't have a month in 2008-09 with 10 or more points, but he has scored six times since Feb. 1 and has totaled 43 points on the season. While it hasn't been a banner year for Phaneuf, he still has worth as a high-end Fantasy defenseman.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and finished at plus-2 during Friday's game against the Wild. Phaneuf made it 2-0 with a slap shot at 37 seconds into the second period. "Dion can shoot the puck as we all know. It's tough on the goaltender when you have bodies in front and you can't see what's coming," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "That's basically how that unfolded and I think that really energized our team."
Analysis: Phaneuf has scored in two straight games and has a three-game point streak brewing. This coming after getting no points in his previous five outings. Phaneuf really hasn't had the offensive season everyone envisioned after he posted 60 points in 2007-08. It would be nice to see Phaneuf get hot down the stretch since he has high-end Fantasy potential.
News: Calgary D Dion Phaneuf scored the game-winning goal on Monday night against Montreal. The Canadies and Flames were tied at two in the 2nd period when Phaneuf scored his seventh of the season. The Flames would win 6-2.
Analysis: Phaneuf has 33 points on the year and two in his last three games. He is one of the best all-around defenseman in the NHL and usually a high-end Fantasy option when active.
News: The Calgary Sun reports that Flames D Dion Phaneuf could be suspended for sending R.J. Umberger face-first into the boards on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Phaneuf took 20 minutes worth of penalties, including a game misconduct, for the hit, but he could well miss a game or two in Fantasy Week 17 (Jan. 26-Feb. 1) if the NHL rules on the suspension soon. That's a problem, because the Flames only play twice in the period, so Phaneuf could be a non-factor completely in Fantasy play that week. Keep an eye on any news about his status over the All-Star weekend.
News: Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf was thrown out of the game Wednesday against the Blue Jackets for boarding R.J. Umberger in the first period. Phaneuf then had to fight Marc Methot after the nasty hit and totaled 20 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct.
Analysis: Phaneuf drilled Umberger while he was in a vulnerable position and could face a suspension from the NHL. We should know more in the coming days, but right now, Phaneuf is still a safe play for Fantasy Week 17 (Jan. 26-Feb. 1). Phaneuf has scored just four goals this season, but still has 26 assists through the first half. He is one of the best all-around defenseman in the NHL and usually a high-end Fantasy option when active.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored on a deflected shot with 3:57 to play, and the Calgary Flames handed the San Jose Sharks their first regulation home loss in 11 months, 3-2 Thursday. Daymond Langkow eventually got the puck to Phaneuf, and his shot glanced off Marc-Edouard Vlasic's stick for the star defenseman's first goal in 26 games since Nov. 11. Phaneuf has five points in his last six games.
Analysis: Phaneuf hasn't had a lot of luck scoring this season and had a pretty bad cold streak to end December, but he has been on top of his game in the new year and seems revitalized after being an All-Star snub. Phaneuf remains a high-end Fantasy defenseman.
News: The Calgary Sun reports that Flames D Dion Phaneuf agrees he hasn't had the best season so far. "I think I've had a pretty good year," he said. "Am I happy about the plus/minus? No. Am I happy about the goals? No. But I'm getting opportunities, and getting a lot of shots."
Analysis: Phaneuf's scoring might be down a ton this season with only three goals, but he's still on pace to get close to his 60 points of last season thanks to an increased assist pace. Some people are benching him in smaller leagues right now, which is understandable, but be prepared to get him back in your lineup as soon as he starts getting his goal touch back again.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Flames D Dion Phaneuf is in a major scoring slump with no goals in 19 games and no points in seven contests. He had only one shot on goal Monday against Minnesota, but four of his attempts were blocked by Wild defenders.
Analysis: Phaneuf is mired in his longest point slump of the season and really hasn't struggled this much since a stretch back early in 2006-07. He is usually on the ice enough to crack the point column on a regular basis. But even the best players sometimes hit a wall. Phaneuf should break through eventually, so keep him active in all Fantasy formats through thick and thin.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf assisted twice in Wednesday's loss to Detroit and now has seven assists in his last four games.
Analysis: Phaneuf's points have come in bunches this season, but don't let that bother you. He is one of Fantasy's best defenseman and remains a must-start in all formats.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf assisted on all four of the team's goals and finished at plus-2 during Friday's 4-3 win against the Blues. "It's definitely a positive and you want to be able to contribute," Phaneuf said. "It was a huge win for our team. We didn't get off to the start we wanted. We were down 3-1 and to come back, it's a huge win."
Analysis: Phaneuf has seven assists in his last five games and 20 points in 26 games. He came into Friday with a disappointing minus-10 rating, but that will happen for as long as Phaneuf spends out on the ice. He remains one of the best all-around defensemen in the NHL and remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Calgary D Dion Phaneuf (eye) was fine to play in Tuesday night's contest against Toronto. Phaneuf picked up his third goal of the season and an assist in the game. He scored in the 2nd period.
Analysis: Phaneuf logs nearly 29 minutes per night and continues to be one of the Flames' most productive and durable players. He helps in all facet of the games and remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: The Calgary Herald reports that Flames D Dion Phaneuf's eye has healed sufficiently enough for him to play Tuesday night vs. Toronto.
Analysis: Phaneuf logs nearly 29 minutes per night and continues to be one of the Flames' most productive and durable players. He helps in all facet of the games and remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: The Calgary Herald reports that Flames D Dion Phaneuf, who took a stick in the face during Sunday's loss to Chicago, has a badly swollen eye and might not play Tuesday vs. Toronto.
Analysis: Phaneuf is Fantasy stud from the blue line, but he might be limited to two games in Fantasy Week 6 (Nov. 10-16) if he can't play on Tuesday night. Still, he's good enough to leave in your lineup if he has more than one game, so you should probably take a risk and leave him in there unless you have a capable backup who is guaranteed three games with good matchups.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf continues to rack up the ice time. He played nearly 30 minutes again Saturday night against the Blues, finishing with 29:57. He earned an assist on the power play to give him 11 points in 15 games, but finished with a minus-2 rating.
Analysis: Phaneuf continues to log nearly 29 minutes per night and continues to be one of the Flames' most productive and durable players. He helps in all facet of the games and remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored the tying goal then set up Mike Cammalleri's go-ahead goal as Calgary scored twice on the power play in the second period to beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Thursday night for its fifth consecutive victory. Phaneuf's power-play goal at 2:29 of the second period ended Tim Thomas' shutout streak at 152 minutes and 14 seconds. He also picked up a two-minute minor penalty in the game.
Analysis: Phaneuf now has two goals in his last three games and is starting to find his offensive rhythm. His conversion rate is still a little low, but the fact Phaneuf continues to be heavily involved on offense is a good thing. Phaneuf remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal of the season in a win over the Coyotes on Saturday night.
Analysis: Phaneuf is a must-start Fantasy defenseman with his exceptional offensive skills. He's not off to the hottest start this season, but he'll pick things up.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf had a pair of assists for the second straight game during Tuesday's 5-4 win against the Avalanche. He also finished at minus-1 in 28:59 of ice time and took a two-minute penalty for interference.
Analysis: Phaneuf was the runner-up for the Norris Trophy and a first-team All-Star last year because of his offensive ability and highlight-reel hits, but he is also working on improving his defense. He is a top offensive defenseman and isn't afraid to take a penalty or fight. Continue to start Phaneuf in all Fantasy formats.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf took three shots during Thursday's season opener against the Canucks, but was held off the stat shett in 23:29 of ice time. He also finished at minus-2 and totaled seven penalty minutes, including a five-minute major for fighting Steve Bernier in the third party.
Analysis: Phaneuf was the runner-up for the Norris Trophy and a first-team All-Star last year because of his offensive ability and highlight-reel hits, but is working on improving his defense. He is a top offensive defenseman and isn't afraid to take a penalty or fight. Continue to start Phaneuf in all Fantasy formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Flames D Dion Phaneuf is once again expected to pair with Robyn Regehr on defense in 2008-09.
Analysis: Phaneuf was the runner-up for the Norris Trophy and a first-team All-Star last year because of his offensive ability and highlight-reel hits, but must become better in his own zone. Regehr definitely helps him out in that area, but Calgary does want Phaneuf to become the full package. Phaneuf remains a must-own Fantasy option heading into 2008-09.
News: Only Zdeno Chara and Dion Phaneuf stand in the way of Nicklas Lidstrom winning a sixth Norris Trophy. The three finalists for the award that goes to the NHL's top defenseman were announced Tuesday. Lidstrom has won the honor five of the past six seasons.
Analysis: Phaneuf set a career best with 60 points (17 goals) in 82 games for the Calgary Flames, fifth among NHL defensemen. The 23-year-old also had a plus-12 rating and played 26:25 a game in only his third NHL season. Phaneuf also was a top enforcer in 2007-08 with 182 penalty minutes. He is a solid two-player and a must-have Fantasy defenseman come Draft Day 2008.
News: Picking up a loose puck deep in his own end, Flames D Dion Phaneuf weaved his way up ice. As Phaneuf went around Brent Burns and moved toward the net, he moved with just his right hand on his stick. He managed to flip the puck over Josh Harding's pad before sliding into the end boards. The highlight-reel goal was one of three points for Phaneuf in a 5-4 win over the Wild on Saturday night, as he also added two assists.
Analysis: Phaneuf has been a little inconsistent in March with three multi-point games but five games without a point. Still, he's playing on a hot team and should be starting in all Fantasy formats as a No. 1 defenseman right now.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf tallied at least three assists for the third time this season when he helped out three times in Monday's 7-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. He now has a career best 35 assists on the season.
Analysis: Phaneuf now has 49 points, only one behind his career best of 50 set last season. He started off the season a little slowly, but has really been playing well since December. He remains a No. 1 Fantasy defenseman in all formats.
News:Dion Phaneuf scored two goals to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. Phaneuf scored his first of the game on the power play and picked up his second of the game when he sent a slap shot from the left point at 2:32 of the third period. It was Phaneuf's second two-goal game of the season. The other also came against Phoenix on Feb. 5 in Calgary.
Analysis: The All-Star defenseman has 13 goals on the season. Phaneuf actually has at least one point in six of his last seven games and is averaging a little more than a point per game in February (11 points in nine games). He just inked a big contract extension and the Flames were wise to lock him up long term. He remains a must-start Fantasy defenseman in all formats, including leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf tallied an assist and finished at even in 28:56 of ice time Sunday against the Ducks. He extended his points streak to four games. He has two goals and five assists in that span. He has managed at least one assist in each game.
Analysis: Phaneuf actually has at least one point in five of his last six games and is averaging a little more than a point per game in February (nine points in eight games). He just inked a big contract extension and the Flames were wise to lock him up long term. He remains a must-start Fantasy defenseman in all formats, including leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf celebrated his new contract Tuesday by tallying the game-tying goal with 50 seconds left and assisting on the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks. He now has six points (four goals, two assists) in his last four games.
Analysis: Phaneuf was mentioned in trade talks before he signed his contract, but the Flames will be glad they didn't deal him after his recent offensive surge. He has a great chance at beating his season-best points total of 50 set last season and remains a must-start Fantasy defenseman in all formats.
News: All-Star D Dion Phaneuf has signed a six-year contract extension with the Calgary Flames. Terms of the deal were not announced. The third-year defenseman is in the final season of his entry-level contract and is earning slightly more than $940,000.
Analysis: Phaneuf, who has 35 points in 53 games this season and scored a goal in the NHL All-Star game last month, was mentioned as being a possible trade option for the Flames before Wednesday, but that talk will obviously stop now. He is on pace to get pretty close to the 50-point mark this season, which makes him very useful as a No. 1 Fantasy defenseman, especially in leagues that reward bad behavior. He already has a career-high 106 penalty minutes.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf scored twice Tuesday in a 5-4 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes. He now has nine goals on the year.
Analysis: Phaneuf is on pace to get pretty close to the 50-point mark this season, which makes him very useful as a No. 1 Fantasy defenseman, especially in leagues that reward bad behavior. He already has a career-high 106 penalty minutes this season.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf did not manage a point in 24:24 of ice time Monday against the Oilers, but spent five minutes in the penalty box for fighting with Ethan Moreau in the first period. Phaneuf now has six major penalties and 102 PIM on the season.
Analysis: The third-year defenseman is having another fine season in the NHL. He has scored seven goals and tallied 26 assists in the first 53 games. Phaneuf is one of the better young defenseman in the NHL and continues to pile up the points. He also is one of the Flames' top enforcers, so not only is he a must-start Fantasy option in regular formats, but is also a must-have in leagues that reward heavily for penalty minutes.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf was one of two Calgary players in the 56th installment of the All-Star game Sunday, but unlike teammate Jarome Iginla, Phaneuf scored a goal. His snap shot at 5:07 of the third period snuck by Tim Thomas. Phaneuf took six shots in the game and finished at minus-3.
Analysis: The third-year defenseman is having another fine season in the NHL. He has scored six goals and tallied 26 assists in the first 50 games. Phaneuf is one of the better young defenseman in the NHL and continues to pile up the points. He also is one of the Flames' top enforcers, so not only is he a must-start Fantasy option in regular formats, but is also a must-have in leagues that reward heavily for penalty minutes.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf tallied an assist for the second straight game during Friday's loss to the Stars. He finished at minus-1 and now has 20 assists. Phaneuf has one goals and eight assists in his last five games, including the five-assist game against the Lightning Dec. 13.
Analysis: Phaneuf is one of the better young defenseman in the NHL and continues to pile up the points. He also is one of the Flames' top enforcers, so not only is he a must-start Fantasy option in regular formats, but is also a must-have in leagues that reward heavily for penalty minutes.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf had a career-high five assists during a 9-6 win Thursday against the Lightning. He finished at plus-3 and also spent two minutes in the penalty box for roughing. Phaneuf has eight assists in his last six games.
Analysis: Phaneuf is one of the better young defenseman in the NHL and continues to pile up the points. He also is one of the Flames' top enforcers, so not only is he a must-start Fantasy option in regular formats, but is also a must-have in leagues that reward heavily for penalty minutes.
News: The Sports Xchange notes: D Dion Phaneuf had a bit of a tough night against Chicago Sunday despite logging more than 30 minutes. He left Robert Lang uncovered for Chicago's first goal, and he later handed the puck to Martin Havlat in his own end.
Analysis: Phaneuf did tally his fourth assist in his past five games, and he remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues.
News:Dion Phaneuf made it 3-2 with a 5-on-3 goal with 5:57 left in the middle period at Detroit Tuesday.
Analysis: Phaneuf has managed five goals and eight assists with a plus-1 rating this season. He remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues.
News: The lone goal of the opening 40 minutes against Minnesota Tuesday came at 15:43 of the first period when Dion Phaneuf scored on the power play. Alex Tanguay slid the puck over to Phaneuf pinching in from the blue line for a one-timed, hard slap shot into the top corner past Niklas Backstrom.
Analysis: Phaneuf has managed four goals and seven assists with a plus-7 rating this season. He remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues.
News: The Sports Xchange notes: D Dion Phaneuf, after missing a couple of practices and needing to go for X-rays of his leg, was deemed healthy enough to play after the pictures found nothing. He got an assist against Vancouver Thursday.
Analysis: Phaneuf has managed three goals and seven assists with a plus-8 rating this season. He remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues.
News: Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and posted a plus-2 rating with four shots on goal in 25:03 of ice time in Wednesday's game against Minnesota. He also got into a dustup with Stephane Veilleux of the Wild and ended up with seven penalty minutes.
Analysis: After a three-game scoreless stretch, Phaneuf has managed three goals and seven points with a plus-7 rating over the past six. Phaneuf remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues.
News: Dion Phaneuf picked up his first goal of the season on Tuesday night at Colorado, finishing with a plus-2 rating with three shots on goal in a game-high 30:24 of ice time in a shootout loss.
Analysis: It's good to see Phaneuf get onto the stat sheet after failing to light the lamp in five games to open the season. He still has four points overall and remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues.
News: Daymond Langkow scored a pair of goals in Thursday's regular season opener against Philadelphia, while posting six shots on goal in 16:55 of ice time. Dion Phaneuf picked up a pair of assists with three shots on net in a team-best 31:30 of ice time.
Analysis: Langkow and Phaneuf are must-starts in all Fantasy leagues. They'll be back on home ice for Saturday's game against the Canucks.
News: Dion Phaneuf picked up an assist with three shots on goal in 27:40 of ice time in Tuesday's preseason game against the Sharks.
Analysis: Phaneuf remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues heading into the regular season. He is especially useful in formats which reward penalty minutes.
News: Dion Phaneuf (flu) was back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Avalanche. He picked up an assist in 24:29 of ice time.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Phaneuf back into the active Fantasy lineup in all leagues which allow daily transactions.
News: Dion Phaneuf (flu) missed his second consecutive game on Saturday at Vancouver due to a bout with the flu.
Analysis: Phaneuf remains day to day. Despite the fact he has been sidelined, he should be a safe play for Fantasy Week 27 (April 2-8).
News: Dion Phaneuf was able to take part in the morning skate on Thursday, but he was unable to play against the Wild due to a bout with the flu.
Analysis: Phaneuf is considered day to day. Keep him reserved in all Fantasy leagues which allow daily transactions until he can officially play and prove he is well.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf (lower body) was able to play Saturday against the Canucks. He played for 32:02 and finished with a minus-1 rating.
Analysis: When healthy, Phaneuf is a must-start Fantasy defender with his 13 goals, 21 assists and plus-18 rating. It appears safe to keep him active in Fantasy lineups.
News: Flames D Dion Phaneuf didn't play in the third period Friday against the Blue Jackets due to a "lower body injury."
Analysis: Phaneuf is listed as day-to-day. He is questionable for Saturday's showdown with the Canucks. When healthy, he is a must-start Fantasy defender with his 13 goals, 21 assists and plus-18 rating.
News: Dion Phaneuf has managed 12 goals, 32 points and a plus-16 rating with a team-leading 68 penalty minutes through 46 games at the All-Star break.
Analysis: Phaneuf remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues, especially those which heavily reward penalty minutes.
News: Dion Phaneuf was scoreless in Saturday's game against the Stars, but he did post a plus-2 rating in the victory.
Analysis: Phaneuf has followed up a four-game scoreless streak with two goals and three assists over the past six games. He also has a nice plus-5 rating over the past four contests.
News: Dion Phaneuf has two goals and four assists over the past six games with a plus-5 rating.
Analysis: Phaneuf sits with a team-leading plus-16 rating. He remains a must-start in all Fantasy leagues, especially Roto formats.
News: Calgary D Dion Phaneuf returned to the lineup against Washington Monday after missing one game because of the flu.
Analysis: Phaneuf remains one of the best young defensemen in the game and he should remain active in all formats when he's healthy.
News: Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf each had an assist in Thursday's loss at Boston. Iginla also had a plus-1 rating and two shots on net in 24:46 of ice time, while Phaneuf led all defensemen in the game with five shots on goal and an even rating in a team-high 29:53 of TOI.
Analysis: Iginla and Phaneuf remain must-starts in all Fantasy leagues. They'll be back in action on Tuesday night against the Coyotes after resting for the weekend after their four-game road trip through the Northeast Division, sans Buffalo.
News: Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal of the season and added two assists and a plus-1 rating with a team-high six shots on goal in Tuesday's game at Montreal.
Analysis: Phaneuf finally looked like the No. 1 defenseman that he is. Don't worry too much about his slow start, because he has the potential to do this to immediately snap himself out of the doldrums.
News: Dion Phaneuf was scoreless in Thursday's game at Ottawa, as he failed to get on the scoresheet for the third time in four contests this season.
Analysis: Don't be too concerned about Phaneuf's power outage, although talk of a possible sophomore jinx will start to surface if his struggles continue into November.
News: D Dion Phaneuf and F Alex Tanguay were scoreless in Thursday's regular season opener at Edmonton.
Analysis: Despite the scoreless performance, each player is a must-start in all Fantasy leagues. The Flames will look for better results in the rematch at home on Saturday night.
News: Coach Jim Playfair has announced that Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr will make up the team's top defensive pairing for the Calgary Flames.
Analysis: Phaneuf is a top-notch Fantasy defenseman in all leagues. Regehr is worth a look in most larger pools as a No. 5 or 6 option, as he will likely see a lot of time on the power play.
News: Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and added an assist with a plus-2 rating in 25:21 of ice time in Wednesday's game against Phoenix.
Analysis: Phaneuf has scored in each of the past two games, posting three points (2 G, 1 A) after a seven-game span with no goals and two assists.
News: Dion Phaneuf has managed 14 goals and is tied with team-high 23 assists with fellow rearguard Andrew Ference. He also has a plus-4 rating with 53 penalty minutes through 57 games at the Olympic Games break.
Analysis: Phaneuf has emerged as a must-start in all Fantasy leagues and would normally be in the running for the Calder Trophy if it weren't for guys named Sidney Crosby, Henrik Lundqvist, Alexander Ovechkin and Marek Svatos.
News: Dion Phaneuf scored a goal and added an assist with a plus-2 rating in 22:53 of ice time in Sunday's game at Chicago.
Analysis: Phaneuf might be a decent selection for Team Canada should Bryan McCabe (groin) not be able to go for Team Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
News: Dion Phaneuf scored a goal for the second straight game in Tuesday's start at N.Y. Rangers, posting a minus-1 rating in 24:21 of ice time.
Analysis: Phaneuf has posted 11 points (6 G, 5 A) and even rating over the past 14 games. He is a decent No. 3 or 4 Fantasy defenseman in most formats.
News: Dion Phaneuf scored a goal in Wednesday's game at New Jersey. He also had two shots on goal in 20:31 of ice time.
Analysis: Phaneuf broke a nine-game goal scoring drought on the same night teammate Jarome Iginla did the same. He entered Wednesday's game with just one assist and an even rating during the stretch, so hopefully this is the start of another hot streak for the rookie defenseman.
News: Dion Phaneuf has been tabbed as the NHL's rookie of the month of November on Friday. He edged out offensive players such as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin.
Analysis: Phaneuf posted nine points (3 G, 6 A) and a plus-1 rating in 13 games during the month, but he has gone cold recently. The rookie has been held off of the scoresheet in each of the past five games as the Calgary offense as a whole has struggled mightily.
News: Dion Phaneuf was scoreless in Tuesday's game at Nashville, his fourth straight game without a point.
Analysis: The current scoring drought is the longest of the season for Phaneuf, who might be tiring a bit in his first NHL season.
News: Dion Phaneuf scored the game-winning goal on Monday against the Canucks and he added two assists in 19:27 of ice time.
Analysis: Phaneuf is an up-and-coming rookie who has plenty of upside. He should be scooped up immediately in all dynasty leagues.
News: With Robyn Regehr (sprained knee) out at least one month, rookie Dion Phaneuf is all but a lock to make the opening day roster for the Flames.
Analysis: Phaneuf is a solid keeper prospect and a player to keep an eye on during the early regular season. Scoop him up in the later rounds on Draft Day if you need a decent No. 4 or 5 defenseman.