Scott Hartnell To Dion Phaneuf: “Suck It”…
Sunday Afternoon team Chara took on Team Alfredsson in what was supposed to be a fun-spirited All-Star event. For the most part, the players had fun, enjoyed themselves and put on a good show for the fans, but one incident will leave a bad taste in the mouths of many NHL fans and the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
With many players wearing microphones for the duration of the game the odd bout of questionable language was bound to be heard. That said, nobody was prepared for what Hartnell said after Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf gave away the puck in his own zone, which led to a team Alfredsson goal when Henrik Sedin tipped one past goaltender Jimmy Howard at the 12:51 mark of the first period.
Hartnell, who was added to the All-Star roster when several NHL players including Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin pulled out of the contest, would draw an assist on the play, after which he could clearly be heard saying “suck it Phaneuf” during his celebration of the goal.
In fact, Hartnell had the audacity to say “suck it Phaneuf” with Phaneuf attempting to get off the ice and into the bench. Phaneuf, who had his back to Hartnell at the time the insult was thrown out did not respond, at least not that could be heard on tape.
Hey, foul language and poorly chosen words are a part of the game, but at least have the class to say it to Phaneuf’s face Mr. Hartnell, will ya?
I am not aware of any ill-will between Hartnell and Phaneuf specifically, but Phaneuf must be wondering what the heck Hartnell was trying to accomplish by yelling out that kind of remark when Phaneuf had his back to him, and at an All-Star game to boot of all places!!!
There is a time and a place for insults, the All-Star game doesn’t seem like either.
It will be interesting to see if Phaneuf seeks retribution on Hartnell for his distasteful comments, or if this incident fails to draw the ire of Phaneuf.
Phaneuf, has the reputation as being hated by numerous opponents around the league, which can be viewed as a compliment or a slight depending on who you talk to.
As is always the case, you have to consider the source when insults are being thrown around, and Hartnell is equally loved and hated amongst his peers.
Both Hartnell and Phaneuf are gritty players, both are well respected by their teammates and fanbase and, for the record, I would take either one on my team any day of the week.
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke recently went after legendary TV personality Don Cherry for his questionable comments about the Maple Leafs and head coach Ron Wilson.
Here’s hoping Burke stays out of this one and let’s Dion do his talking on the ice.
Now, don’t get me wrong here, nobody is saying Hartnell did anything that is not heard 100 times a game, but his comments came at a poor time when he clearly knew microphones were running. The comment was there for all to hear, kids and otherwise, and at the end of the day, it is a poor reflection on Hartnell and the NHL in general when you have to hear a player making that kind of derogatory comment.
What do you think?
Was Hartnell’s comment out of line? or should he get a pass on this one?
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Until next time,