Dion Phaneuf facing possible suspension for Miller hit

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The Maple Leafs haven’t experienced a game without Dion Phaneuf since November of 2010. That may change on Wednesday vs. the Los Angeles Kings, as the Leafs’ number one defenceman will have a hearing with the league discipline office tomorrow for a hit on Kevan Miller at the end of Sunday night’s 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. It will be a phone hearing, which only tells us it will be less than five games if a suspension is handed down.

This is a pretty bad hit. Miller never turned. Dion Phaneuf claimed in his post game interview that he didn’t see him until it was too late; whether intentional or reckless, it’s Phaneuf’s responsibility not to ram Miller head first into the boards when his back is turned. Also a factor: Miller left the game injured, but the Bruin rookie is apparently OK (only a cut) and will play on Tuesday according to Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

Dion Phaneuf does not have a record in terms of suspension history in the NHL.

Phaneuf got away with this hit on the ice, but dirty Leaf hits don’t seem to slip by the League Discipline office. They don’t seem to have Dennis Seidenberg-type luck that way.

If suspended, the timing couldn’t be worse with Los Angeles and St. Louis coming up in the Leafs’ next two games.

For a full recap of the Leafs’ 5-2 loss to Boston, check out the Game in 10.

  • Great Dane

    Just what was missing

  • LeafsForLife

    Wow this is gonna suck when they rule on this. Wont get any pass for it cuz hes a Leaf. Shitty!

  • Alec Brownscombe

    LeafsForLife Miller isn’t hurt and expected to play Tuesday.
    Phaneuf has no priors.
    Crossing my fingers.

  • Great Dane

    Alec BrownscombeAlec – you forgot he is a Leafs.

    Phaneuf will get 3 games.

    Is the team playing to get rid of Carlyle ???????

  • peterbleafs

    Hopefully he gets a 1 game suspension, he needs the rest.

  • Burtonboy

    What about Siddenburg ?

  • HeatherRickAkin

    Soemthing is wrong with this team. No news here …everyone can see it. But, how to fix it ?  The magic that existed last mini season, is gone, a thing of the past. This team , except for the goalies, and a precious few skaters, are lost. The changes that are necessary do not stop at bringing in a true #1C, or a stud on defence to help Phaneuf. Its serious , folks, and we wont finish between 25th  and 30th , but we should begin thinking of draft position . Playoffs ?  Looking like a longshot, given how we give up 40 shots…on a good night. Frig.  Back to square one.

  • maple1967leafs

    If you watch the video at the sun with the boston play by play guys,You would think Dion ran at  him from center ice,Fuck they are HOMERS

  • Uncle Otis

    Anybody hear the reporter’s late question at Randy’s presser asking coach if he had addressed the team post game ?
    He said the team was really angry/upset about something…and intimated it was to do with Carlyle
    Just found it curious…and Dion looked ready to explode in his interview too.

  • Uncle Otis

    Yaknowwhat
    I’d love to know what goes on in that room…but maybe part of our squad’s problems is just that.

  • Uncle Otis

    Yaknowwhat
    You know it..and the scribe’s cryptic question/comment was very interesting
    United we stand, divided we fall.

  • Uncle Otis

    Yaknowwhat
    Yes,..can’t quote it but something like “the most upset/angry I’ve seen the team” or words to effect.
    Almost like he tried to pin it on Randy

  • Great Dane

    right now the Leafs is a team of:

    A first line JVR – Kadri – Kessel
    A top d-pairing: Phaneuf – Gunnar
    and two goalies who all season as saved our ass.

  • Uncle Otis

    Funny, while the team’s later lines skated better,and everyone’s loving the roster changes, it was Boston who showed us how to eliminate scoring chances from the key slot areas….supposedly our strength.
    Anybody who went to the crease was punished and cleared…on their ass.
    Now it helps to have a 7 foot tall tree sloth on defense, and refs who turn blind eyes, but I miss our squad’s play from last year doing the exact same.

  • peterbleafs

    Well I consider last night Strike 5.  5 more to go then Carlyle needs to be fired.  Come on Randy make it so we can all win together!

  • Uncle Otis

    peterbleafs
    Who are u replacing him with… Mo?
    #Curly & Larry

  • peterbleafs

    Well to me Nonis better already be considering his options. Id rather the Leafs pull out of this and no changes happen.

  • peterbleafs

    Time to drive, work time.

  • phaneufoundlander

    This has been the problem all season, they play one
    decent period and that seems to be their limit. Stunnersson and Phagoof were pathetic last tonight. Bernier let in a stinker, maybe two. Franson with a brutal turnover as well. What the fuck is wrong with this group? They trained all their lives and still cant figure out how to clear a fucking puck off the glass or come out of their own zone without turning it over. Its really too bad, the Leafs had a chance to take this game with
    Maquaid, Boychuk, Erkisson, Kelly out and Rask on the bench, plus Hamilton leaving the game, leaving them with 5 D, but
    they just couldn’t capitalize….they have no killer instinct…no one seems to want to step up. Clarkson is a bust so far….he should be on the 4th line IMO. As usual they are door mats for the Bruins, it turns my stomach.

  • Uncle Otis

    peterbleafs
    I have heard calls for Paul Maurice,but like you hope this team can stay the course.
    Scotty Bowman was universally hated but all his teams did was win
    This group seems a bit soft mentally if they cant deal with a tough love coach

  • phaneufoundlander

    peterbleafs Damn right, all I heard when RC came here was how this team is going to be so much better defensively, what a fucking pile of shit….this teams looks as if Wilson is still behind the bench

  • phaneufoundlander

    Yaknowwhat Uncle Otis everyone needs to reminded that RC was let go by the ducks because they couldn’t win a  free lunch…I can see the same happening here…..this team has not improved one bit this year..the PK is gone to the fucking dogs…how the fuck does the PK go from first to worst in 1 season?

  • phaneufoundlander

    Yaknowwhat Carlye, they have him tuned out….

  • Mind Bomb

    Good Morning Folks :)

  • phaneufoundlander

    HeatherRickAkin they have gone bloody soft too…no grit, no killer instinct….

  • mcloki

    Morning Folks. Phanuef will get suspended just because he’s a Leaf.

  • phaneufoundlander

    Great Dane its pitiful…if you look at their stats, they are indeed just a one line team….its a good thing the east sucks or they be sucking swamp water right now….If they don’t turn this around fast they miss the playoffs again….no wonder Grabo called RC a fucking idiot, that’s because he is.

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki  Morning MC, That was a 5 and a game hit, so if he gets a game I wont sweat it, he will get an extra 3 cause he is a Leaf, and I will bitch about that :)

  • phaneufoundlander

    Yaknowwhat Uncle Otis The fire Carlye rants will be screamed by the fans at the end of the week…book it….because 3 more losses are coming our way, and I got a bad feeling its gonna be blowouts.

  • Cameron19

    Cue all the morons who couldn’t wait to turn on Phaneuf and actually want him to fail so they could be right about something….

  • Wilbur

    mcloki I would not be shocked if he got a suspension (although I don’t believe he deserves one) but I will be totally shocked if it’s more than one game. Steve Simmons made the excellent and accurate point this morning that if you slow the tape down and look at it almost frame by frame (as Shanahan will do) you will see that when Miller comes out of the scrum in the corner and turns toward the boards he loses his balance and his feet start to go out from under him, his knees start to buckle and he’s starting to be on his way down before Dion even touches him. Will be interesting if Shanaban shares this or ignores this.

  • mcloki

    Yup there no onus on players protecting themselves or keeping their head up anymore.

  • phaneufoundlander

    HeatherRickAkin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7fjDS0jKiE

  • Cameron19

    Uncle Otis Haven’t been able to do it this year though.  We get the calls that the B’s don’t. Puts an end to that pretty quickly.

  • maple1967leafs

    WOW it dosnt take long for the Debbies to emerge

  • mcloki

    Just keep a list Cam. Phanuef has been great this year. The team is Hollow right now. Once you bet past the first line everyone is injured and mismatched. They need more help from their Marlies.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Great Dane and blame the coach!

  • wendelsway1

    Good Morning Gents….very disappointed that we couldn’t pull out a win last night…..with Boston missing players, really thought the game was ours for the taking.  Why isn’t anyone talking about Seiderberg today?….crossing fingers that Dion will not get many, if any, games.

  • Wilbur

    Cameron19 Nothing at all wrong with Dion. And the folks that keep focusing on or repeating because they can’t think for themselves that Dion got caught flat footed on the Lucic rush are missing the two biggest culprits. Kessel who chose to be as soft as puppy shit on Lucic which is what actually forced Dion into being flat footed and JVR who skated back on the back check to the slot and then coasted and watched Iginla skate into the crease. All JVR had to do was keep skating and he likely intercepts the puck. I don’t blame Dion one iota on that play.

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki  Aye he turned his back to protect the puck, should be able to give him a Kidney shot at least lol

  • Cameron19

    Phaneuf’s hit was pretty bad, but frustrating if that’s a suspension, as he has no history, and even with the guy’s back turned, he still gets a big chunk of shoulder. . Lucic did worse to Gunnarsson without notice in game 7, but no one even mentioned it.

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1  Morning WW we Have the Kings Next, I have already moved on, I wonder if Bernier will get the Start. In Hindsight I still say Bernier should have got Ott, and Reims Boston, oh well

  • Mind Bomb

    -Keon-  Seems whoever we put with Kulie does well, I wonder what the common denominator is :)

  • Cameron19

    HeatherRickAkin lol

  • maple1967leafs

    Cameron19 It is what it is now,Shanny’s not a Leaf fan,I say Dion gets 2

  • mcloki

    Me too. But it seems Carlyle likes giving Riems the Saturday night game.

  • Cameron19

    maple1967leafs Cameron19 I say he gets 4 after the Kadri situation. And worse, now he’ll get huge penalties for all his clean hits, too.

  • wendelsway1

    Mind Bomb wendelsway1 Reimer has a great record against Ottawa, so I can see why he got the game…..To me, it really doesn’t make a difference who is in net….both are capable of giving the team a chance….up to the players to keep their foot on the gas…..goaltending is not the problem.

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki  He does at that MC, but Reims is proven against Boston, seemed like a no brainer, Maybe RC wanted to see how Bernier faired against Boston.

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1 Mind Bomb Reimers are Starter :)))))