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Dion Phaneuf: 'I? havent?? had a very good year'

Dion Phaneuf: 'I? havent?? had a very good year'
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
Mar 8, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators defensemen Dion Phaneuf (2) blocks the shot against Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings defencemanA Dion PhaneufA has just one assist this season in 37 games with the Western Conference's last place club and the veteran called himself out in aA recent interview with The Athletic.

a€œI? havena€™t?? had a very good year,a€ Phaneuf said.A a€œIa€™ll be the first to admit that I havena€™t played well enough. I expect more of myself and my game.

a€œIa€™m disappointed in my year personally and I have to be better for our team.a€A 

The 33-year-old is minus-15 this season while averaging just 14:52 of ice time, last among the Kings regular defencemen. Phaneuf told The Athletic he's been working hard andA believes his play has been improving, though he's currentlyA in the midst of aA 20-game point drought.

Phaneuf has three goals and 10 points while averaging 19:28 of ice time - then a career-low -A in 26 games upon joining the Kings last season after a trade from the Ottawa Senators. The Senators retained $1.75 million of Phaneuf's salary in the deal and he has two more seasons left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.25 million.A 

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