The running total for this season is up to $50k.
Aside from being fined $30k for his post-Winter Classic comments regarding the officiating, New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella finds himself in hot water again after being fined by the NHL for his comments regarding Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
We all know what was said by Torts, why it was said and how unbelievably honest it was. What we don’t know is why the NHL felt a delibirate knee-on-knee hit from Brooks Orpik on Derek Stepan didn’t warrant further discipline, but an excessive fine for a coach’s comments did.
Keep in mind, this is the same league that has condoned hair-pulling, biting, and other questionable acts all season long. For them to not appear transparent isn’t shocking anymore.
Members of the NY media feel the same way, too.
Looking forward to NHL’s explanation for fining Tortorella 20K. Seems beyond weak. Has the league ever heard a Pens’ telecast?
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) April 6, 2012
#NYR Gotta be honest, I find it absurd NHL fines Tortorella while also promoting his comments via official Twitter acct. One or the other
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) April 6, 2012
Tortorella’s wallet may be lighter, but his candidness has no price tag. Find me a coach in the NHL that didn’t agree wholeheartedly with what Torts said (Bylsma doesn’t count).
This is just another case, on a long list, of the NHL failing to be, at the very least, fair and unbiased.