Primeau stays clear of big shot

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

If Maple Leafs forward Wayne Primeau wasn't venturing anywhere near new teammate Dion Phaneuf at practice on Monday, there was a good reason.

When the two were teammates in Calgary last season, Phaneuf ended the final 58 games of Primeau's season with a slapshot to the ankle that shattered the bone.

"He took my ankle out last year and it kind of ruined my season," Primeau said of the incident that took place in a Flames practice. "His shot is definitely hard enough to shatter guys' legs or ankles."

Coach Ron Wilson was more in admiration of the cannon during Phaneuf's first practice with the team, dreaming of what it might mean to the team's struggling power play.

"That's a weapon we didn't have," Wilson said. "He shoots all the time and he shoots hard. And if you block it, usually that guy's going to be hobbling off the ice."

Primeau has the scar and a lost season to prove it.


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