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07:25 AM ET 10.07 | Phil Kessel now plays with the big boys in the NHL when it comes to contract figures. The Maple Leafs had to extend Kessel. They are under no such pressure to re-up Dion Phaneuf, whose contract expires after this season. Phaneuf is Toronto's captain and its No. 1 defenseman. ... But Phaneuf will find it hard to replicate his current six-year, $39 million deal, which he signed with Calgary. The tread is wearing on the 28-year-old's tires. Phaneuf plays a hard, heavy game -- at times, not with smarts (see the missed hit on Nathan Horton in last season's playoffs). If Phaneuf seeks the now-standard eight-year extension, he will be 37 by the conclusion of his deal. That's not a kind age for physical defensemen. If Phaneuf wants to stay, he'll most likely have to accept a shorter-term contract.

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October 7, 2013  07:51 AM ET

Raw meat to lions this thread is...

October 7, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Celine has been on the decline after his second season.

October 7, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Raw meat to lions this thread is...

ROAR

October 7, 2013  09:04 AM ET

No way he gets 8 years. No way he gets more than $5m per.

October 7, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Boston Globe being kind....

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October 7, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Phaneuf plays a hard, heavy game -- at times, not with smarts.

I vehemently disagree. This insinuates that he does play with 'smarts' at times.

October 7, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Raw meat to lions this thread is...

sometimes, you just have to take a pitch...far too easy here

October 7, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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sometimes, you just have to take a pitch...far too easy here

Ya i need more of a challenge myself.

October 7, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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Ya i need more of a challenge myself.

Even low hanging fruit needs love Buc.

October 7, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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Raw meat to lions this thread is...

Ain't that a great headline though?

Celine is on the decline? The way I see it, you can't decline unless you're on top.

October 7, 2013  10:15 AM ET

I know I've posted this many times but it still makes me laugh....

October 7, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Come on now, he just won another award from ESPN in their players poll. I'm sure he can use that going into negotiations on the next deal. I think he's been pretty much a lock for it, like Lidstrom for the Norris in his prime, for the past couple of years.

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October 7, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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Larry Murphy 2.0?

Murphy Dump = Pinch a Loaf?

October 7, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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Larry Murphy 2.0?

And Larry has four Cups........not gonna happen with Celine on your team.

 
October 7, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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This guy shouldn't be re-signed..let someone else take him....like Detroit..considering they're always stealing Toronto's most skilled players.

No more stealing. Jonas Gustavsson should do for a while.

Unless .... Toronto wants to trade Celine for Monster? :-)

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