Leafs Phaneuf not changing physical game after suspension
Just because he’s coming off the first suspension of his NHL career doesn’t mean opposing players can expect to have their head down when they skate anywhere near Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
Not unless they want to pay the price.
“I play the style that I play and I’m going to continue to play the style that I play,” Phaneuf said on Friday. “Obviously with the suspension, I was disappointed in the hit. I had no intent of going in there to hit from behind.
“I try to be a guy who hits hard and hits clean and I’m going to continue to play that style. I respect the decision that the NHL made. It was tough to deal with at first — there were a lot of different emotions that go into it, but I’m ready to move past it.”