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Tuesday Daily Puck: Catching Up With An Old Teammate

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy player since the age of 13.

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I know big contract extensions are all in vogue in the NHL these last few years, but sometimes I'm just confused by them. Dion Phaneuf's new seven-year deal is one such. Phaneuf isn't having a particularly good year; the 28-year-old blueliner is scoring at the lowest rate of his entire NHL career, with 15 points in 39 games. Yeah, he's plus-13 (a career high), and yeah, the Leafs are clinging to what would currently be a playoff spot, but at the end of the day, Phaneuf is the captain of a team with more losses (21, including overtime) than wins (20), and he's undergoing what seems to be a serious offensive decline. Is that worth $7 million a year?

On this New Year's Eve, Jaromir Jagr finds himself one point short of Mario Lemieux's 1,723 career points. Appropriately enough, he'll look to tie or pass his former teammate against their former team, the Penguins. It's been a pleasure to grow up watching Jagr's all-time-great career, but a

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