As if the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t already have enough problems.
It looks like the Leafs will have to play at least a few games without their captain Dion Phaneuf. During the last minutes of last night’s game against the Boston Bruins, Phaneuf laid a dangerous hit on Bruins rookie defenseman Kevan Miller. Here’s the video of the hit.
It’s a sure thing that Phaneuf will be be punished for his hit. It’s just a question of whether it will be a fine or a suspension. He has never been suspended before so that should probably be taken into account.
It seems as though everything is pointing towards Phaneuf getting suspended. Since he has no suspensions on his record, hopefully it will be only for two or three games at most.
Phaneuf has been the most consistent of all the Leafs defensemen, so losing him for any amount of games will hurt the Leafs immensely. He might not be lighting up the scoreboard with goals, but he has been tremendous defensively as he is tied for 15th in the NHL in plus/minus.
So what do you guys think? Will Phaneuf get suspended and if so, for how long?