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.

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  • 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

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