Phaneuf (hand) will return to the Leafs lineup on Thursday.
Phaneuf has been out with a hand injury since January 21st, but he is finally ready to get back into the lineup on Thursday. He suffered a setback along the way, which prolonged his recovery, but with the Leafs well out of the playoff race, there was no need to rush their captain back into the lineup. He has two goals and 20 assists (22 points) in 48 games this season.
Phaneuf (hand) practiced on Monday; expected to return this week.
Phaneuf was a full participant in Monday’s practice and he is hopeful that he will be able to play on Thursday. He will likely continue to test his hand leading up to Thursday and make a decision after Thursday’s morning skate.
Phaneuf skated on his own prior to practice, but did not join the team for the full session. This suggests that his timetable has been pushed back and that it is unlikely that he will be in the lineup vs. New York on Tuesday.
Phaneuf will miss his sixth straight game tonight. With the Maple Leafs all but out of the playoff race, they will not rush their captain back into play. Look for him to be back in the lineup on Tuesday vs. the Rangers.
Phaneuf skated for a second straight day on Thursday, but is not ready to return on Friday. The Leafs have a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday so it seems unlikely that he will return on Saturday, but monitor his status heading into the weekend.
Phaneuf (upper-body) will miss at least another week.
Phaneuf will miss his third straight game tonight and will likely miss at least three games next week. The Maple Leafs season is pretty much over, so they likely won’t rush Phaneuf back into the lineup.
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.