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Phaneuf Gone, But Are The Los Angeles Kings Still In On Marleau?

Phaneuf’s contract is off the books in Los Angeles. Over the past few seasons, fans have seen a huge decline in Phaneuf’s skill-set. The 34 year old defenseman from Edmonton, Alberta hasn’t posted a corsi-for percentage higher than 50% since his 2015-2016 campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Last season, his corsi-for percentage wasn’t atrocious. He mustered up a corsi-for percentage of 49.1. But, keep in mind, Phaneuf was only averaging 15 minutes of ice time per night. This meant that Phaneuf was playing weak competition and it allowed the Albertan to shine. While Phaneuf’s production wasn’t half bad, it didn’t make sense to have a defenseman with a 7 million dollar cap hit to be on the third defensive pairing.