Dion Phaneuf suspended for two games

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It’s the first time since November of 2010 that we’ve even had to ponder the question of what the Maple Leaf blueline will look like without Dion Phaneuf.

Alas, Phaneuf has been suspended for two games as a result of his hit from behind on Kevan Miller at the end of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.

It seemed like a game would suffice given Phaneuf’s nonexistent priors and Miller being fine outside of a cut on his face. But the Leafs haven’t had much luck in the injury or suspension departments this season, and Phaneuf will join David Clarkson, Carter Ashton, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel (preseason) among those in Blue and White to have been suspended this season. Combined with significant man games lost for Bolland, Bozak and Lupul, adversity has not been in short supply for the Leafs in the first half of the season.

Cody Franson and Jake Gardiner could become the de facto top pair in Dion Phaneuf’s absence, with perhaps Paul Ranger replacing Dion on the right side of his pairing with Carl Gunnarsson. From there, Randy Carlyle can fill out his lineup with a combination of Morgan Rielly, John-Michael Liles and Mark Fraser. Jake Gardiner playing 25 minutes isn’t something he’s foreign to, but a guy like Cody Franson will need to step up on the right side.

Update from practice:

 

It could be a sink or swim proposition for some of the Leafs D seeing increased minutes, as the two games Phaneuf will miss will be against the Kings and Blues, who are both in the League’s top 8 overall with a combined record of 38-13-7.

One upside is that Phaneuf seemed a little hobbled after blocking a shot with his foot against Ottawa, and played despite some discomfort on Sunday. Maybe the forced rest will do him some good. But it’s woeful timing as far as the competition in the Wednesday/Thursday back to back.

  • PEIleafnation

    2 games suspected

  • rustynail

    and for head shots in two consecutive games against us Seidenberg gets sweet fuck all, the Jacobs effect

  • mcloki

    Great Kings and Blues. At least it happened at an opportune time in the schedule. FML. Well tighten up the sphincters boys it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590/status/410453254934630400
    Joffrey Lupul skating with Kulemin and Holland. Could be set to return tomorrow.

  • mcloki

    rustynail Does he play D?

  • Tim Horton

    Murph2417 PEIleafnation It also says so in the title of this article.

  • Reimocerous

    rustynail Musical chairs.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Murph2417 PEIleafnation And maybe the following game as well.  Duh

  • Tim Horton

    Bruffins Carlyle will find a way to sit Rielly.

  • Pent_House

    This is going to be the biggest test of the year. Two of the hardest fore-checking teams in the league.

  • mcloki

    Shift_Disturber1The integrity of the officiating is surely in question this year.

  • MaxwellHowe

    I wonder what the proline odds are on the Leafs tonite?

  • Davwud

    Helene covers the Kings. So the game vs. the Blues is of no consequence to her.

  • mcloki

    MaxwellHowe time to make your money over the next two.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Bruffins As much a liability he has become, I think there is little doubt Fraser will be in, because otherwise that is one soft defence.

  • DHope1398

    MapleLeafsHS same punishment as Ashton’s earlier this year, not unexpected really

  • MaxwellHowe

    mcloki MaxwellHowe C’mon Leafs, daddy wants a new snomobile and early retirement

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Pent_House Yuuup. Jesus.
    We should just double down on puck moving D

    Gards – Franson
    Gunnarsson – Liles
    Rielly – Ranger

    Fuck it

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590/status/410453636205256704
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23leafs&src=hash lines at practice. JVR-Kadri-Kessel, Raymond-Smith-Clarkson, Lupul-Holland-Kulemin, McLaren-McClement-D’Amigo-Ashton.

  • Mcost61

    YOu can’t hit a Bruin. Protected under the Chiarelli contract

  • MaxwellHowe

    Alec Brownscombe Pent_House yeah, thats what Carlyle will do.  Probably see if McLaren can be the next Belak

  • Pent_House

    Alec Brownscombe Pent_House That’s our only angle, try to the get the puck out of the zone as quick as damn possible before they can start grinding us down.

  • rustynail

    @DHope1398 MapleLeafsHS std Leafs starting point

  • MaxwellHowe

    Murph2417 MaxwellHowe PEIleafnation I know, the mockery was for the tweet

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki MaxwellHowe  Good odds on the Leafs prolly, I will bet for my boys, we win the next 2 and screw Shanny and Proline :)

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe Pent_House Only thing we can hope for is the team rallies and elevates their game as they should be doing . Otherwise its going to be a shit show

  • Pent_House

    Mcost61 Chiarelli contract? You mean the Chiarelli Act, that’s embedded in the CBA.

  • whalz

    hopefully LA is tired tomorrow and the habs lose bigtime to them tonight,,,,b2b games for Kings so we have a chance

  • Alec Brownscombe

    MaxwellHowe Alec Brownscombe Pent_House That’s what Carlyle SHOULD do.
    What he WILL do is play Fraser.

  • rustynail

    Bruffins TheCanucksnaphook absolutely true, we have no media

  • Pent_House

    @whalz Hopefully. The fucked up part is, it’s going to be tough as hell to fore-check them. Their d is really mobile.

  • Doorman

    TIME FOR TANK NATION!!!

    Who we Drafting First???  Lol

  • rustynail

    Doorman screw off :)

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Told yas it’d be 2 games.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Alec Brownscombe MaxwellHowe Pent_House Of course.  Rc is is as predictable as snow in December

  • whalz

    Pent_House yup, but hopefully we rise to the occasion

  • whalz

    Pent_House and im nog talking Cialis or viagara

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Bruffins TheCanucksnaphook Majority of the fans do, too.

  • Doorman

    Shift_Disturber1 Free to all my MLHS Friends!!!  lol

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe Bruffins TheCanucksnaphook majority are sheep who follow whatever drivel MSM feeds them

  • The Truth Hurts

    Kreskin

  • whalz

    wonder if NYI fired Capuano or snow??/

  • Burtonboy

    Bruffins They rarely stream the practice anymore . Only game day skates

  • sniperstar

    @whalz I hope it’s a really tight game b/c that would make LA more tired. If LA has a big lead going into the 3rd they can go on autopilot and just hold onto the lead. If the Habs lose 3-2 on the other hand 😉 LA should be more tired having to stay in the game the whole time.

  • Pent_House

    @whalz Snow’s not going anyhwere, that’s wang’s boy

  • whalz

    Pent_House then coach then,,,,,,,,,,lots of talk about making a change

  • sniperstar

    rustynail Looks like Lupul will be in tmr. This is good news.

  • Doorman

    Murph2417 Doorman Shift_Disturber1 Sorry!!!  Only 2 per person. 1 for each arm!!!

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/410457723575103488
    Carl Gunnarsson paired with Cody Franson today. Jake Gardiner with John-Michael Liles. Paul Ranger with Mark Fraser.

    Just fuckin lovely

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy poor Ranger