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Leafs irate over ‘Princess Phaneuf’ comment, Scott expresses regret

Nov 18, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

Following Saturday night’s 4-2 loss to Toronto, Buffalo enforcer John Scott took aim at Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf by calling him “Princess Phaneuf” in response to this third-period scrum:

“All of a sudden I’m not allowed to hit him anymore. He’s Princess Phaneuf. It’s a joke,” Scott after the game.“My leg’s fine, everything’s good. It’s just something where I guess you’re not allowed to hit the star guys anymore.”

On Monday, the Leafs took issue with Scott’s remarks.

As for the actual combatants, both seemed keen to put the incident behind them.

“That was a slip of the tongue,” Scott told the Buffalo News. “I was just obviously a little emotional at the time — kinda regret saying it.”

“It’s a non-issue. I just once again was kinda shooting my mouth off. A little too fired up after the game and said something, didn’t realize it would get the kind of traction it’s gotten.”

Phaneuf also tried to brush it off.

“To be honest with you, that game’s in the past now,” he said. “I don’t take it personally.”

  1. mehetmet - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    if “To be honest with you, that game’s in the past now, I don’t take it personally.” is considered “irate” I’d hate to see what slightly annoyed is.

    • drewsylvania - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      It’s more of the usual bait-people-with-inflammatory-rhetoric-and deliberately-misspelled-taglines that somehow keeps us coming back here.

      • namriverrat69 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:34 AM

        And Phanuef brushed it off with a feather duster. It is one thing to stand up for your manhood and team mates. It is something else to come up with excuses and do the Texas side step.

        i am not familiar enough with all this. It all sounded funny so I thought I would throw out my two cents worth of dumb humor. There should be a little laughter in everything.

        Please excuse moi.

    • nflfan4now - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Whether or not Phanuef hit the ground so he didn’t get hit is immaterial. The big thing is why does the princess always cross check and facewash instead of dropping the gloves? Do you really want your team captain to just do cheap shot after whistles?

    • tdrusher225 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      The title was talking about the Leafs as a team, not Phaneuf himself.

  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Kadri has no room to talk until his suspension is over.

  3. drewsylvania - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I’m sure his hit on Eriksson was just a slip of the elbow, too.

    Scott’s eventually going to get buried, and he’ll have no one to blame but himself.

    • screecwe - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      You do realize, that Kadri has been suspended the same number of times as Scott? Glass houses and such.

  4. skr213 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    This whole episode has been absurd. If it was any other player than Scott, there would be 100% agreement that Phaneuf was in the wrong. He lost his edge and went down and then blames Scott for … what, for standing there and getting bowled over by the falling Phaneuf?? C’mon.

    • drewsylvania - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      I’m more concerned about the misogynist label he casually used.

      • drewsylvania - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Do you think using the “princess” label, in order to insult someone, isn’t misogynist?

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        how is that misogynistic?

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        that’s just like saying that if you call somebody a baby for crying, you’re insulting babies.

        nuff said.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        you know how these di**heads that don’t care for people other than themselves say political correctness is getting out of hand? you’re the one giving anything they say any sort of merit.

      • drewsylvania - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        Spoken by people like yourselves who are blind to how we denigrate women on a regular basis.

    • dueman - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      When did Phaneuf blame Scott for anything?

      • skr213 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        He went after Scott and that’s what started the whole thing. McCormick got in the way and that’s when Phaneuf cross-checked him and the melee started. Again, what the hell was Phaneuf mad at Scott for?? Why did Scott get a game misconduct out of the whole thing when he didn’t do anything. I hate defending the guy, but in this situation he genuinely didn’t do anything wrong.

      • dueman - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        McCormick didn’t just happen to get in the way. What ever McCormick said to Phaneuf triggered Phaneuf to cross check him, and then the melee began. Again what did Phaneuf blame Scott for?

      • skr213 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        dueman: again, I have *no idea* what the hell Phaneuf blamed Scott for, but he was going after Scott when McCormick got in the way. Go look at the video if you’re so confused.

    • hockey412 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Phaneuf lost an edge…otherwise I think he would have just avoided the hit. I missed where anyone blamed Scott for something, what exactly did they say?

  5. jackthetrippa - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM


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  6. jackthetrippa - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    How tall is John Scott? 2 meters? I didn’t know they stack sh!t that high!

    • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      i didn’t know they measured s*** in metric.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Finally old enough to watch an R rated movie over weekend? It sure is exciting to hear all those swear words, isn’t it, kiddo?

    • screecwe - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      Awwww how cute. You think you’re witty.

    • bullwinkle88 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:08 AM

      Oh really? And how tall are you?

  7. ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    lmao @ Colton Orr flipping over onto his (helmeted and eventually uninjured) head at 1:32.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      lmao more when I realized that was a whiffed suckerpunch to the side of mccormick’s head. that was 100x dirtier than anything Scott did in there.

      • dueman - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        So now we’re just making stuff up? Wow…

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        lol dude. if you don’t see Colton Orr, unengaged by mccormick, drop his gloves, take a swing at mccormick, then flip over his back, you don’t have eyes.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        wow, I don’t often have issues with Leafs fans, but if there’s that many of you that are so blind, you don’t see Colton Orr take a CLEAR sucker swing at McCormick, you need to hang up the blue-tinted spectacles.

      • dueman - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        It’s funny how people only see what they want to see. I see Orr attempting to grab McCormick. At the same time McCormick bends over, and Orr ends up going over top of him. Do you see a wind up…I don’t. Perspective is everything. It this situation, maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong, but for you to say “but if there’s that many of you that are so blind, you don’t see Colton Orr take a CLEAR sucker swing at McCormick, you need to hang up the blue-tinted spectacles” is absolutely absurd in this situation, because it isn’t CLEAR either way.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        ya, a lot of guys drop their gloves when they aren’t face to face with a player or when they’re entering a scrum………

        and yup, that looks like the hand I make when I’m about to “grab” something……..

      • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        just for fun (and the late PHT crowd):

        unintended but fortunate URL…. of a guy “flip”ping

      • mp1131211 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Yeah, that’s a swing and a miss. Sorry dueman, you’re wrong on this one. And its clear as day. In hockey fights, NO ONE takes a glove off to grab another player. Ever. The gloves come off only to fight. And there is just no way that grabbing someone and missing as they duck would propel you forward into a head over heels tumble. Your being biased.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        lol @ the thumbs down on straight-up evidence.

  8. kgun80 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I think Scott’s beef is with the league…. When you get 10 and a misconduct for getting jumped from behind the ref and the leagues integrity are what should be questioned here not if Phaneuf ducked a check. These are times when I really miss Lindy Ruff he would have let the refs have it during the game and in the press conference.

    • sunderlanding - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Scott didn’t get jumped. It was McCormick.

    • pxland - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I wonder if this is a policy put in place on the QT.

      Patrick Bordeleau got TWO mystery ten minute misconducts the other night versus the Blues for doing nothing more than being on the ice before the puck dropped. Was he going to fight after the face off? Probably, but giving ten minutes for what a guy might do seems a bit, um… off.

  9. muckleflugga - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    scott nailed it re phaneuf

    teammates in calgary called him neon dion for all his posturing as the man, the rough tough cream puff, the hitman. no back-up, are you kidding, he rarely fights he’s so busy back-pedalling when anyone keen for his blood is on the hunt

    i lost count of the times he and robyn regher went for murderous takeouts, missed, then watched the opposition pour past them

    and anyone with a double juke or stop-and-go in his bag found themselves with unimpeded air to the net [ datsyuk wept openly when phaneuf went east ]

    you know you’re in trouble when you’re in another team’s barn, and they run a needle through roy orbison’s blue bayou every-time you shamble onto the ice

    scott simply said what everyone knows…

    phaneuf’s an overrated product of calgary and subsequently toronto media starved for something good to say about their mediocre hockey teams

    the players feed on the hype and the craze, and soon enough they think they’re untouchable

    calgary’s well rid of this stiff

    • sunderlanding - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      As is evident by the direction Calgary and Toronto went after the trade? Sure Phaneuf is overrated, or rather he used to be (I think your opinion is pretty common right now), but he’s still a good defenseman.

    • spencejd - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Those grapes must be really sour in Calgary.

      How are the Flames doing anyway?

  10. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I think Scott is the only person who still considers Phaneuf a “star” player.

  11. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Also, Scott should’ve given him the Hartnell, “Suck it Phaneuf.”

  12. 950003cups - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I still think Phaneuf is a very good defenseman. Toronto doesn’t have a defensive system to bolster any good defensemen. You take Jake Gardiner and Dion Phaneuf and move them to a defensive team like NJ, and they’ll be Norris candidates. When your system is based on trying to dazzle the fans, your defensemen will get compromised on every shift.

  13. nunan - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Irate is the wrong word to use here…more like ‘mildly upset’

  14. muckleflugga - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    misogynistic, spare us the harping claptrap…

    these are the same clowns clambering for a platform for anything to make a cause; the exclusive privilege of wealthy societies where too many people have too little to do

    case in point:

    the yum yum potato chip company is reviving its original logo with a native child in stylized indian garb. now, the bleating-on about reviving stereotypes begins, fuelled by white people stuck for busy work since women finally got the vote and gays got equal rights [ never mind the fact native american indians invented potato chips in the first place ]

    now, a guy like john scott, seemingly articulate and well spoken, makes reference to a princess and the pee cees fill their diapers in both joy and outrage…

    joy because they’ve got something to moan about and outrage because a world racked by famine, war, disaster and murder could always use an offhand comment made by a hockey jock in the heat of the moment to take centre stage; their centre stage

    turn on your television and watch any commercial involving both the male and female of the species. men are invariably portrayed as incompetent bufoons, the subject of derision from the clearly superior female in the piece

    ditto the vast wasteland called american television; the only male of any value is a witty smart-assed gay and women are much desired geniuses exerting absolute control

    do the swinging dicks care, no, because we all know where the real power lies…

    • ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      once again, my inability to classify your post as either moronic, single-minded, unadulterated idiocy or coherent, entertaining, ironic satire is drawing more similarities to blomfeld.

      either way, ending with full-on misogyny (or intended irony) was brilliant. props.

    • 950003cups - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      You are a strange one Muckleflugga

  15. jl9830 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Scott’s right. Phaneuf has always been a bit of a coward.

  16. buffalo65 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Hockey will be better when there are no Orr’s or Scott’s playing at all.

  17. mcgoospot - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    NHL is one step above WWF in terms of refereeing and discipline. What happened to the good old days when someone got hit with a clean hard check and everyone said “great hit”. Now you have to stand up for your teammate and challenge the guy that made the clean hard hit. It has become a joke. That is where the 2 minute instigator penalty needs to be imposed… To stop the follow up crap.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      You do know that a hard hit on a star player is what gave life to hockey fights, right? At least now its punishable for the entire bench to join in.

  18. mp1131211 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    – punishable *if the entire bench joins in. Sorry… poorly worded. The point is that the rules have gotten tighter and suspensions, fines, and match penalties are given out much much more frequently than 20-30 years, or more, ago.

  19. slysipops - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM


    • slysipops - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      the songs lyrics at about the 2:10 mark so it all so well !

  20. rrsm53 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Everybody talks about Scott he has no place in the game, well all the experts tell me what usefulness that McLaren and Orr bring to the table. Both of those tools contribute nothing to the game except for stupidness. Yes you can say the same thing about scott but what about Orr and his flying attack on McCormick who is another tool. Then McClaren when Scott was on the ice goes over and wanted to start punching him but held off surprisingly probably because if you poke the big bear you might want to run.
    Kadri dont even want to hear anything from that moron. Thought he was a good player but he showed his is a cheap shot artist like Orr and McClaren, and as far as Phanuef goes he is one of the biggest jerks going. He doesnt like getting hit at all he cant fight and only goes after people he knows wont respond back to him otherwise he turtles.

  21. andygiesen - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Kadri said that? That’s like poop telling vomit it stinks…

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