Dion Phaneuf facing possible suspension for Miller hit

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.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]

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558 comments
HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

I just looked at the Marlies stats, and its a bit encouraging. I have to be careful here, because I have torn a strip off our Swedish delight, Carl Gunnarson. Never mind ...Petter Granberg is a nice sized D man on the Marlies, 6'2'' and just over 200lb . He only has a couple of points , but he leads the team with a fine +8 (Liles was +9) . I know he was invisible in the pre season, but he seems to be doing well now. Also, Josh Leivo has about 10 points....not bad for a rookie. Cant recall if Andrew MacWilliams has a good plus/minus, but , I like him as well.  Too bad Carlyle is coaching to save his job (with the team going so badly). Due to that, I doubt he gives any of the kids a chance . Coaches in his position always go with the experienced guys , even if the incumbents are struggling.   OOPS !!  Sam Carrick has a +9 for the Marlies. MacWilliam has only played 15 games and is a -7 .

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Great that Halladay is retiring a jay. 

Doorman
Doorman

Sorry Kids!  It Could be Worse!!!  Tank Nation Anyone!!!  lol

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Mat Frattin's heading toward a projected 18 point season.

T K O
T K O

5 for Neal....and Shanny tries to sell it like they threw the book at him......

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

Trying to get Paul Hendrick into a Hangout for 6 p.m. He's agreed to it and ready, just need to make sure he can follow the steps.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

We're two points out of fourth place.

mcloki
mcloki

@Burtonboy Thanks for the empirical evidence we seemed to just organically feel watching the games.

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Leafs are always short handed because the style they play means they are always chasing the damn puck carrier.

BPsotka
BPsotka

@Burtonboy And we're not even close to being the dirtiest or roughest team.

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Doorman If December goes to shit I'm sure you can get a few followers.

4evrblue
4evrblue

I expected more from him

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

A rebuild ! Thats what you have there bro. We need are good enough Roster to start earning the paychecks :) More rookies is the last thing this roster needs going into the next bunch of games. IMHO

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

Remember though, that has been a huge issue for some in the past. lol.

mcloki
mcloki

@wiski @Uncle Otis Articulate for a face puncher. Drop the instigator and this goes away quickly. Like 2 weeks. You think Kaleta survives for 2 weeks pulling his shit. 

mcloki
mcloki

@peterbleafs OR the overuse of the whistle by the refs makes the LEafs afraid to touch the opposition so they let up on them and HAVE to chase them.


Kadri's hook was perfect case in point. if barely registered as a slash much less a hook. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I think the league put the Leafs in double secret probation because of the team's belligerence last season.

4evrblue
4evrblue

thats just terrible lol
Seriously though we all have to give Intangibles a break. Guy is trying :)

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

He's below 10 minutes a game these days.

mcloki
mcloki

@wiski @mcloki @Uncle Otis But they;re alwasy the possibility and you have the Shanny factor. If therw was no instigator Thorton would have fopught Orprick, that ends is , and then Shanny can throw the book at him. 


This all goes back to the Parros fight, which started because PK facewashed Orr. You think PK facewashes anyone if he knows he could get punched in the head for it. No WYay. But because he knows the refs and his teammates give him protection he does what he does. He's a slewfooting bastard because of it. Does Shanny suspend guys for that. He should, but Shanny lets the play go on.

mcloki
mcloki

@sniperstar @mcloki It's been bruta; since then. Half the penalties the Leafs have gotten over the last 10 are suspiciously timed. Up by a goal, late int he third. And cheap, doesn't even begin to start. But Phaneif hit last night, which was a penalty, Hell I would have called it , goes unpunished. See Kadri's hook or some of the so called trips. It's like they just got a tweet message that it was time for a penalty. SO they call one. 

sniperstar
sniperstar

@mcloki Yeah I could tell. When I got home and read the comments I knew it was a shit show by the officials. Not to be unexpected... I mean it was Vancouver we were playing. 

sniperstar
sniperstar

@mcloki Ohhh damn... One of the few games i didn't watch this season. Would have enjoyed seeing the white flag. 

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@Xxxxxnew I would imagine FML waving the white towel didn't help either.....although I can't says I blame him for doing it.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Big bodied, puck control guy. Born 10 years too soon.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I was always trying. Never got past an OHL tryout, though.

mcloki
mcloki

@Cloud09 @Komas Taberle Bob Cole will be great. At least i won't get that mumbly seniors pro golf tour bland blather that is the vast void of Stupid. 


Go back to the granola coast Hughson.

sniperstar
sniperstar

@The Truth Hurts Two points by Holland and a damn good shift everytime you are out in 8 minutes of play isn't enough?