It’s a little embarrassing how much I love Dion Phaneuf right now. The man destroys people on the ice, which is why I’ve included my five favorite Phaneuf hits in today’s linkdump, and he’s got some serious swagger. Also in today’s links, plenty of reaction to the weekend’s trades, and some discussion about the Leafs’ plans for the rest of the season. Enjoy!
Down Goes Brown has had an interesting couple of days. First, he told us he was taking February off from watching the Leafs. Then all hell broke loose on Sunday, and a Leaf fan that was on the brink of despair got to watch as his team pulled off one of the largest trades in the post lockout era, and had to write about it from a Starbucks.
Brunwick Bruiser from PPP with an absolutely hilarious rendition of Phaneuf’s exodus from Calgary to the “promised land” of Toronto. Yes, there’s an Elisha Cuthbert joke in there, too.
Jon Neely from the Bleacher Report with a piece on how Burke has erased nearly every mistake made by John Ferguson Jr. during his miserable tenure as Leafs GM.
Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star explains what Sjostrom brings to the Leafs, beyond just his penalty killing.
From one of the most level headed Leaf writers I’ve come across, Howard Berger, a look at what will be expected of JS Giguere, as well as what the longtime Leaf reporter feels Burke should do over the rest of the season. Oh, and in case you missed it yesterday, here’s the interview with Jiggy and Gustavsson that makes me feel much better about the lack of tension between these two.
Now for my 5 favorite Phaneuf hits, in no particular order:
The “double Dion”
Hell of a first impression