Sutter isn't stupid. Phaneuf is known to be a *****y guy, and I think he might have been getting on some of the other core guys nerves for a while now. Maybe the coaches have had problems with him. Maybe he started to realize that he might not work on this team. So he goes out and gets a guy to take his spot. J.Bo has done that. He has supplanted Phaneuf in the lineup and I think the time might be coming for Phanuef to be dealt for the greater good of the team.
The time has come to trade him. He isn't working out on the team. He may even be dragging it down. Trade him before he hurts his value and get something of real value back. He still has a lot of potential but he might not reach it here. Keeping him will only hurt the team more. And I say this as a staunch Phaneuf supporter in the past. He is my favorite player but I think he needs to be trade.
And its not like the team couldn't replace him. Hell, Giordano is showing the team he is a viable top r guy. Pardy is solid. And Sutter just kept getting more defensive depth. Losing Phaneuf might hurt a little but its not as is he couldn't be replaced. The benefits far out way the cons right now in my opinion.
I really think if they spent no more than $12 million on their defense (currently at $23 million) they could buy 2 very productive forward lines. Of course you would need a very good goalie as well.
As good as J. Bo has been, I would rather have Cammalleri to be still here instead of him.]]>