TORONTO - Dion Phaneuf will be at a Target department store promotion on Tuesday afternoon.
But what the Maple Leafs are fretting is will he be targeted for suspension later in the day for aiming his shoulder right between the numbers of Boston defenceman Kevan Miller. National Hockey League player safety monitor Brendan Shanahan had bigger fish to fry on Monday while reporting to the board of governors meeting in California. His docket already included Saturday’s train wreck of a game between the Bruins and Penguins, with Pittsburgh’s James Neal first to be sent to the stands for five games, with a much stiffer sentence coming to the Bs’ Shawn Thornton for mugging Brooks Orpik.
Shanahan will get around to Phaneuf’s hit on Miller via a phone hearing, usually indicative of one to three games or a fine. Clearly frustrated in the dying seconds of Toronto’s three-goal loss to the under-manned Bruins, Phaneuf was gliding into a puck battle in the corner when he lowered his left shoulder and splattered Miller face-first into the glass.