That's all it took for Phaneuf?
I guess Stajan's the centerpiece, but is he really much better than a guy like Steen or McClement? He's a solid 2nd center on his best day. Hagman's past his prime and is little more than a supplemental scorer. Jamal is Jamal. Ian White's a solid player, but by no means a difference maker. He's a solid 2nd team PP quarterback and that's about it.
That's a poopoo platter of 2nd and 3rd liners for arguably the most talented young D-man in the league? Hell, the Flames even gave up a solid prospect in Aulie.
I hate to do it, but "where you you Leeeeeeeeery?!?!"
That's a package we easily could have, and should have, trumped.
When I was reading a report on TSN they made a lot out of the fact that Phaneuf wasn't really getting any better in Calgary- almost like he was playing 70-80% of his potential and was fine with it. This trade was justified as him needing to get a change and hopefully actually, really, improve.
And yea we could've beat that deal but it's not like the Calgary GM emailed the 28 others going "anyone wanna top this?" And Stajan could be a big player moving forward