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Leafs captain Phaneuf suspended two games for boarding

Dec 10, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for boarding Boston’s Kevan Miller during a 5-2 loss on Sunday, the NHL has announced.

Phaneuf ran Miller into the boards late in the third period, with no penalty assessed on the play.

“While Miller is playing the puck with his left skate and his back to the play, Phaneuf hits him with significant force, driving Miller face-first into the boards,” NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan explained. “[Miller] was never eligible to be hit like this.”

Shanahan does note, however, that a slash to Miller’s leg just prior to the hit caused the Boston forward to buckle, which “contributed” to the severity of the check.

Phaneuf has a clean disciplinary record and was suspended following a telephone hearing with the league’s Department of Player Safety earlier this morning.

The suspension will keep Phaneuf out of Toronto’s next two contests — Wednesday vs. Los Angeles, Thursday at St. Louis — and he’ll be eligible to return on Saturday for a home date at the ACC against the defending Cup champion Blackhawks.

It’s worth noting that Toronto has been one of the most-suspended teams this season. Five different players have now received supplemental discipline from the league — Phaneuf (two games), Nazem Kadri (goalie interference, three games), Carter Ashton (boarding, two games), Phil Kessel (slashing, three games) and David Clarkson (leaving bench to fight, 10 games).

Phaneuf will also forfeit $66,666.66 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. slaugin - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Instead of Pro Hockey Talk should change to Injury & Suspension Talk

    • drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      We wouldn’t be discussing them if the NHL cared to eliminate them from the game. But instead their punishments are a joke, and so here we are.

      • tlndma - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        You are correct. Hardly a night goes by when we aren’t talking about another suspension. Eventually we will have a tragedy that get’s every ones attention.

      • sunderlanding - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        It’s a strange time for the NHL. They are trying to figure this out, but it takes time to get the system working properly, and the players to understand. I know the fans want a thousand games every time something goes wrong, but that’s an overreaction. You have to set a precedent. Give them time and they’ll figure it out. It’s not an easy job.

    • supercoop8 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Probation Hockey Talk

  2. penvik - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Unbelievable, Phaneuf and Neal both suspended and Thornton walking free until Friday.

    I’m hearing 10-13 games for Thornton. What a scam, do the bruins run the NHL, they have Shanny by the balls that’s for sure. Hit a bruin, get suspended, or get concussed. But if a bruin goes nuts and assaults someone it’s only because he lost his emotion.
    Don Cherry said it himself on Saturday, “You can’t do that to the Bruins!”
    What a scam, bruins and flyers are the same, you can be as dirty as you want because the refs will only call so many penalties. After that they even them up so you can’t even stand up for yourself. For example, Boston was 0-4 against Pitt the other night and Pitt was 2-7. Problem is,
    Boston should have had another 5 or 6 but the refs were already at 7 so the whistle gets put away. The bruins and flyers know this will happen so as long as they can kill off penalties for the first half of the game they can do anything they want for the second half.
    Makes me sick,
    Refs need to stay consistent for 60 minutes.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      You have no idea what you’re talking about. He isn’t “walking free”, he is suspended indefinitely until Shanahan decides on a specific amount of games. Give your head a shake.

      • buddysguys - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        what a scam!

      • supercoop8 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Didn’t you know that suspended players are locked in Shanahan’s basement forced to watch player safety videos and to compliment his fine suits and quaffed hair.

    • bruininnh1984 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      name me specific examples of instances where the bruins deserved 5 or 6 more penalties, also i guess the term “suspended indefinitely” is lost upon you

    • upyourstodd - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      You sir, just made me laugh. The Bruins must be the most talented dirty team I know, along with the Pens.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Sorry. I’m pretty sure the last SC finals showed that while th Bruins are very good, the high talent award goes to the Hawks – or do you just thing EC teams. Sure, Bruins and Pens have some excellent talent, they just don’t have the 4 line talent the Hawks do.

        Not just opinion – if you look at scoring and +/- depth this year and last, you’ll see the Hawks edge.

      • upyourstodd - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Yeah I was talking about the East. If the Bruins and Pens were in the West they wouldn’t have the records they do. West is Best.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        And I did not read well, I saw talented and stopped – completely missed a big qualifier – dirty. Hawks this year and last are at the bottom of the league in PIM and days suspended.

    • drewzducks - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Your inferiority complex is shining through for all to see.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      You’re mistaking a rough, rugged type of game for getting away with stuff. Just because these teams focus on hitting and tend to fight quite a bit doesn’t automatically mean they’re given breaks on suspensions. In fact, I bet the logo on their jersey plays into them getting slightly MORE penalties and suspensions than other teams.

      Also, what’s your source on 10-13 games? Unless it’s Shanahan’s twitter feed, your source sucks.

      and just lol @ your idea of penalty quotas. especially since you had to go look up how many penalties they actually had before stating how many you think this quota is.

      • joey4id - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        I heard the same from my source which is probably the same as the commenter above has. TSN and sports net analysts are predicting anywhere from 7 to 13 games.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        how is that the same? he said 10-13. it may end up being in that range, but my point was that nobody knows for sure, just wait til it happens til you start opining on it.

        I heard between -8 and 300,001 games, from my source. means just the same as “10-13 games”

      • joey4id - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        TSN analyst said 7 to 13 whereas the sportsnet analyst said 10. Hence the combined 7 to 13.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Give me intelligent fans please…not this guy.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        lol I think most the people with brains are all typed out on these suspensions.

        I’m still enjoying the fact that Rinaldo jumping Roussel got lost in the mix. at least he wasn’t hurt.

    • matt14gg - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Yeah, you win…by far the dumbest post I have ever seen on this website. He hasn’t played since the hit, BECAUSE HE’S SUSPENDED! He just hasn’t had his hearing to determine how many games he’s going to get.

    • pepper2011 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      I am curious? should Dupuis have received a penalty for a slash hard enough to break a leg?
      Maybe Neal should have got more than a 2 minute minor? Or Letang for punching anyone who hits him.

      Pens fans are so insufferable.

      FACT: the Bruins have had the LEAST amount of Power plays this season.

      132:31 total PP time. (82 opportunities)
      174:35 for the Pens (111 opportunities)

      You have no idea what you are talking about. NONE.

      There is No way you can tell me that a team that has made it to the CUP finals 2 of last 3 years is not drawing any penalties. The team that is currently in 1st place in the conference (2 games in hand).
      You are not looking at this objectively at all. You lose credibility when you state your opinion which is proven to be completely fabricated.

      • pepper2011 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        The other part being the Bruins are only behind Washington in PP time minus PK time with -21:29.

        Pitt is +24:05

    • sabatimus - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      1) The suspension announcement is coming on Wednesday. 2) Thornton was suspended the moment the league informed him after his match penalty that there’d be a hearing…so he’s not been playing.

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    This should have been 3 games. Injury is everything to the league.

    • joey4id - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      You’re right. There are provisions in the CBA allowing the NHL to factor the results of an illegal act when determining the number of games the offender will be suspended. This means the players and owners agreed to this, so you can’t blame either party and certainly not Shanahan for adhering to the contents of the CBA. Yes?

    • drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      This should have been 20 games, while Thornton should get the season off. But even by the league’s own standards, this is light.

      The NHL just greenlighted headhunting by Boston against Phaneuf. I hope Dion’s remembers this when he wakes up in the hospital.


    • sunderlanding - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      I know no one likes it, but in a way it makes sense. The league is having a lot of trouble policing this stuff, and (as much as everyone wants to blame the NHL) it’s the players doing the dirty hits, so to keep it in the hands of the players they have a system where you can run around and act like a clown, but if you hurt someone the penalty will be more harsh.

  4. drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Seriously, the NHL can go f**k itself on its useless suspension system.

  5. muckleflugga - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    this is an outrage…

    phaneuf wears size sixteen skates and is without a doubt, the clumsiest skater in the game…why should he be penalized for genetic deficiencies

    the clod is incapable of deft play or adroit skate work in close quarters…once in the trolley tracks, he had no means of stopping or protecting a foe, equally clumsy

    even at the home rink his dad built, they had foam padding covering the end boards, and rubberized board capping to help dion pull himself up and down the ice…

    no, the league should have the mister and the missus on the carpet, it was their frolicking on the carpet that produced his gracefulness in the first place

    twenty hours of stephen harper and his band herringbone at 80 decibels for all concerned

  6. derrico2 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I watched the play live and could not believe there was no penalty call. The ref was standing right there. I hope the officials were disciplined for not calling a penalty on a blatant dirty hit.

    • sabatimus - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Jack Edwards started talking about the unbelievableness of the non-call, and Andy Brickley said “don’t waste your breath.”

    • tlndma - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Same crew called Seidenberg for a very questionable hit to the head earlier in the game. There was no doubt about this hit.

  7. steelers88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Paneuf is a shining example of what’s wrong with the NHL.

  8. sabatimus - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Let’s see, the rule of doubles means this needed to be a four-gamer–which is nowhere near enough. 8 games minimum. So what if Miller was falling down? Phaneuf saw that, saw Miller’s numbers facing him, and intentionally boarded him.

    Two games. The joke isn’t funny anymore Shanahan, if it ever was.

  9. spitfisher - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Bruins fan here, Please Look at Dion Phanuef video boarding Miller first

    I am bit surprised that Clarkson #71 in the video didn’t get a slashing penalty, his slash to the back side of the knee of millers, started Miller to collapse, by then it was too late for Dion to stop. Had miller kept upright, the penalty may still had been boarding, but perhaps not a suspension needed hit.

    In the coming years we will see a 6 foot, colored ice band around the entire rink to not only help the checker but also the checkee avoid undo contact in this area. ahh the new NHL

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