The NHL Department of Player Safety has announced that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf will be suspended 2 games for his hit on Boston Bruin defensemen Kevan Miller on Sunday night. Phaneuf was not penalized on the play.
A reminder of what happened on the play courtesy of SB Nation:
While some Toronto media and fans attempted to blame Miller for turning on the hit, anyone with a brain and two functioning eyes realizes that this hit was indeed of the questionable variety, and a suspension was more than warranted. The hit was a borderline charge that saw Phaneuf hit Miller squarely in the numbers, and is exactly the type of hit that the NHL wants out of the game. While Miller did leave the game with injury, he (and Phaneuf) were lucky the injury wasn’t serious.
The Leafs will be in tough without their top defenseman and captain for the games against the very talented Kings and Blues. Phaneuf has played heavy minutes against the opposition’s top competition, and simply cannot be replaced by anyone currently on the Leafs roster. Phaneuf’s absence will perhaps show those Leafs fans questioning his potential contract extension just how important he is to this team.
What do you think? Too much? Too lenient? Just right?