I'd argue phaneuf doesn't have any great years left.
He had one.
Hasn't has one since.
I'm probably biased, but I just don't like him.
Really? He had a down year last year (still scored 30 pts), but other than that he's always been pretty darn good. He's big, nasty, and produces in the O-zone. I think he'd be a major asset on any team in this league. He'd easily become the number 1 D-man in SJ right away IMO. Vlasic is smart in the D-zone, but wayyyy less physical and produces a whole lot less in the O-zone.
Darren Helm missed a year and a half with injuries and wasn't a healthy scratch once he was healthy. There's not to be more to it than this.
Yes but you're comparing apples to oranges. A guy who grew under Babocks tutelage and one who is still relatively a newcomer. This could very well be Babcock showing Weiss, that despite his stature, despite his injury, he must earn every second of ice time.
Gotta think this is lighting fires under Weiss. He's in what should be some prime years, especially after escaping Florida (I know they chose not to re-sign, that's still escaping that terrible franchise in my book). He's back where his career started. I'm sure he wants to prove to Babs more than ever at this point that he can perform.