Defence: Debatable on Phaneuf but I know your opinion already on him. Gardiner has the ability to become a number one as does Percy IMO
Goalies: Not yet, but we don't know
There is no debate. Phaneuf is not a guy you can build around. He is not on the same level as Weber, Doughty, Karlsson, Pronger, Chara. He used to be, he hasn't been in a while.
The Leafs are more then a goalie away from being a contending team.
Keep in mind that Burke also brought in J.S. Giguere. By all rights, that should have solved the goalie problem, but he just never worked out here.
Giguere had lost his job to Hiller. He was an upgrade but he wasn't a goalie who would make a medicore team look good.