Phaneuf suffered an apparent hand injury in the Maple Leafs final game before the All Star break in Ottawa. Reports are that Phaneuf aggravated a hand injury in a fight with Eric Staal on Monday and then made it worse while fighting Milan Michalek on Wednesday. With Phaneuf out, the Maple Leafs recalled Petter Granberg.
Phaneuf did not skate this morning because of the flu, but Randy Carlyle expects to have him in the lineup tomorrow. With the 3 p.m ET game, there will be no morning skate, so monitor his status around 1 p.m when Carlyle will should address the media.
Phaneuf was not at Maple Leafs practice again on Friday, the defenseman has not practiced since Sunday and reportedly spent awhile in the training room following Wednesday's win over the Rangers. Whatever is ailing Phaneuf, must not be too serious as he will play on Saturday against the Flyers.
The Maple Leafs have signed captain Dion Phaneuf to a 7-year contract extension which is believed to be worth approximately $49 millions US.
Phaneuf is in his fourth full season with the Maple Leafs and has averaged 24:21 TOI while posting four goals, 11 assists (15 points) and a plus-13 rating in 39 games. "Dion is our team leader and has been a pillar in our building process," said Leafs GM Dave Nonis. "He has proven to be a very durable and reliable defenceman in all facets of the game. He plays big minutes in every situation for us and we're pleased to have him under contract for the next seven seasons."
Phaneuf will have a phone hearing on Tuesday for his hit from behind on Bruins' defenseman Kevan Miller.
Phaneuf crunched Miller into the boards from behind near the end of the third period in Sunday night's Bruins-Maple Leafs game. The NHL confirmed that Phaneuf's hearing will happen on Tuesday by phone, meaning that it can be no longer than five games.
Despite leaving warmups it appears that Phaneuf is still going to play.
Mark Fraser will once again be scratched as Phaneuf will play. This is great news for the Maple Leafs who could not afford to lose anyone else to injury, especially not their captain and big minute eating defenseman.
Phaneuf just left the ice early and was replaced by Mark Fraser.
Phaneuf took two line rushes before departing for the dressing room. It looks like he is doubtful to play tonight. Phaneuf reportedly blocked a shot last night and left briefly but was able to finish the game.