my thoughts from a month ago on phaneuf.
absolutely nothing has changed here aside from his jersey colour....
i would also like to point out, in case dion is the type to read the blogs (and i'm sure he's not.... insert joke here) that i do wish him all the best in the big smoke and i actually hope that he DOES improve his game there.... god knows it couldn't get much worse... i hope if there were problems in the lockerroom that he gets a fresh start, and that his teammates like him, the fans want him, and the media leaves him the eff alone.... ;)
as duncan said yesterday, "i’m worried that burke is the right guy to knock sense into him, but equally optimistic he ends up spending a LOT of time at jilly’s."
bob mackenzie considers that perhaps dion is only playing at about 70% of his potential and, in all likelihood, will improve.... as i said over at flamesnation, my biggest question is this: who in their right minds (as a fan, teammate, coach or GM) would be satisfied with a player coasting along at 70% ??? the cliché is, of course, 110% every night (unless you're markus naslund, then you cap out at 100%), but in my world i want a player that's doing everything he can to help the team win. if dion has been holding back +/- 30% of his potential for the past two or three seasons, then good effin' riddance. i think i'll like this new #3 better. if dion wants to give his "all" in the big smoke, then good for leaf fans....
lastly, i'd like to point out that brian burke made mention that dion was absolutely not up for grabs at the start of the year. being that his play didn't really change from last year, you gotta think that there WAS some kind of scuffle between him and the rest of the flames (either that or brent pointed out to daz that the kid was effin' terrible, OR dion asked for a trade). darryl's assertion that money is better spent around than invested in 4 or 5 guys seems way too reasonable for darryl to have come to on his own... ;)
more on the jokinen trade as it unfolds (which i'm convinced it will, with backlund still in calgary).