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John Tortorella

Tortorella talks Presidents’ Trophy, but not fines; King Henrik returns


Tonight’s Washington Capitals-New York Rangers game is more significant for the Caps than the Blueshirts, but John Tortorella admits that it means something.

Not long after dismissing the power of the Presidents’ Trophy, Tortorella admitted to Katie Strang and others that “I want to win that trophy.”

Torts was finally forthcoming about a pursuit that he previously downplayed, but he wisely bit his tongue about the $20,000 fine he received for his candid remarks about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ “(blanking) superstars.”

When asked if there was anything he’d like to say regarding the fine, he responded:


When asked if there was anything he felt he COULD say regarding the fan, he said the same:


I think we should all take a moment and appreciate the fact that Tortorella can ham it up in a big market like New York. The rambunctious head coach just seems perfect for the Big Apple – at least when it comes to our collective entertainment.

In more hockey-centric and less drama-centric news, Strang reports that Henrik Lundqvist will be back in the Rangers lineup tonight. Lundqvist raised a few eyebrows (and heart rates) when he needed to sit out a while with a “stiff” arm but being able to play tonight is a good chance for him to get his rhythm back a bit for the playoffs.

(It’s also huge news if you have King Henrik in a fantasy league.)

Bolduc and Kobasew each fined $2,500 for separate incidents

Chuck Kobasew

Brendan Shanahan had a busy afternoon of meting out punishment for a pair of plays from last night’s action. Colorado’s Chuck Kobasew and Phoenix’s Alexandre Bolduc each received the maximum allowable $2,500 fine for separate incidents in their games last night.

Kobasew was fined for charging Vancouver’s Aaron Rome during the first period of  the Canucks’ 3-2 overtime win. Kobasew also received a minor penalty for charging. Meanwhile, Bolduc was fined for slew-footing San Jose’s Ryane Clowe during the second period of the Sharks’ 5-4 shootout win.  Bolduc was given a minor penalty for hooking on the play.

Both players are fortunate to escape with just fines and Bolduc’s slew-foot is the more interesting of the fines as slew-footing has been treated seemingly with kid gloves all season long. Regarded as one of the more dangerous moves players can do to one another, it’s been rare to see a slew-foot result in a suspension this season.

Mark Stuart earns $2,500 fine for late hit on Marcus Johansson

Mark Stuart, Marcus Johansson

It wouldn’t be a day in the NHL without some kind of debate over a questionable hit.

Last night during the first period of the Jets’ 3-2 win over the Capitals, Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart laid a high, questionable hit on Washington’s Marcus Johansson putting Johansson down on the ice. Stuart wasn’t penalized on the play, but the NHL stepped in and fined him $2,500 for it. Johansson did return to the game later on.

Should it have gotten a bit more attention though? Take a look at the video of the hit and judge for yourself.

I’m no Brendan Shanahan, but that sort of hit seems like the kind of hit that deserves a bit more scrutiny than a fine delivers.

NHL fines Shane Doan $2,500 for boarding

Shane Doan, Ray Whitney
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Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan is generally described as a good guy and sometimes a sympathetic figure for sticking it out through some lean years in the desert. Still, his rugged style occasionally goes over the line.

The NHL deemed his boarding hit on Mark Giordano as “a bit” over the line, at least if you classify things by punishment alone. Doan was handed the wrist-slap maximum fine of $2,500 for his misstep.

Feel free to agree or disagree with the decision in the comments, but allow me to float this other thought: should bigger fines be discussed during the next CBA talks? That much money is tear-jerking kind of stuff for most of us, but aside from maybe the occasional goon who bounces between the AHL and NHL, that “maximum” fine probably teaches a minimal lesson.

Then again, Doan might miss that money if he isn’t saving up for a possible lockout.

NHL hands Erik Cole $2,500 fine for “tripping”

Erik Cole

The NHL decided to hand Montreal Canadiens forward Erik Cole the slap-on-the-wrist fine of $2,500 for an incident with Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry.

Some will call it merely tripping – that’s the phrase the league used – while many referred to Cole’s actions as a “slew-foot.”

Honestly, I haven’t heard any outrage from Habs fans, Oilers enthusiasts or outside observers, but feel free to share your thoughts. Was this a fair punishment, did Cole deserve a suspension or nothing at all? Do tell.

(If you happened to come across video of the play, by all means share it too.)