It appears there will be a trip to the Injured Reserve for Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf, as the Maple Leafs announced on Monday afternoon that the 29-year old defenseman will be out week-to-week with an upper-body injury, believed to be a hand injury.
The injury was believed to have occurred against the Carolina Hurricanes, just before the All-Star break was to get started and the injury had not gotten any better over the week-long time away.
Toronto is scheduled to play three games in Week Seventeen, starting on Wednesday against the Devils and it is expected that Phaneuf will miss those three games to start his rehab process.
This season, Phaneuf hasn't quite contributed as much offensively as some may have projected, but just over the half way mark, he was doing a bit better than my projections, scoring 2 goals and 22 points in 48 games, so far. Currently, the bruising defender ranks 212th in pool scoring, not too far out of the 187th spot, where Grant K. picked him this year.
Grant is the pool leader in goals, despite the pair that Phaneuf has picked up for him, but the overall feeling is that the first season in the pool has been a disappointment, sitting in 17th before the week starts, poised for a decent pick in the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft.
In the second segment, Grant sits in 21st spot, with 119 points, almost 100 points behind Kristy & Don, who lead the pool and segment. Grant will need a helluva two picks to have a chance at the third segment trophy.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.