Maple Leafs place Phaneuf on IR with hand injury


Dion Phaneuf impressed the Maple Leafs' brass this season.

Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was placed on Toronto’s injured reserve on Saturday with a hand injury.

The move is retroactive to Jan. 21 when the defenceman suffered the injury in a fight against the Ottawa Senators.

Phaneuf was seen on the ice practicing with the Leafs earlier in the day.

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As a corresponding move, Toronto called up Antoine Bibeau from its AHL affliate the Toronto Marlies on an emergency basis. In 20 games this season, Bibeau is 8-7-5 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. The Victoriaville, Que., native was a sixth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Sportsnet has learned that Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier is sick and will be a game-time decision. The move to recall Bibeau is a precautionary move.

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