Los Angeles Kings defenceman Dion Phaneuf has just one assist this season in 37 games with the Western Conference's last place club and the veteran called himself out in a recent interview with The Athletic.
“I? haven’t?? had a very good year,” Phaneuf said. “I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t played well enough. I expect more of myself and my game.
“I’m disappointed in my year personally and I have to be better for our team.”
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 and believes his play has been improving, though he's currently in the midst of a 20-game point drought.
Phaneuf has three goals and 10 points while averaging 19:28 of ice time - then a career-low - 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.