Nashville Predators forward James Neal was the first player to be fined and publicly named under the league’s new diving rules; however, he certainly won’t be the last.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was penalized twice for embellishment in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox, 22 players have been warned for embellishment this season. Under the new rules, the first instance results in a warning subsequent incidents result in fines.
Here’s the breakdown:
Cox shed light on how the process works:
Here’s how the system works: every Monday morning, they all get together, nine voters in all. Some from player ops, some from hockey ops. They look at these videos. There’s nine voters, you need six of them to say ‘yeah that’s diving’ before they issue a warning.
It’s uncertain whether Malkin is one of the 22 who have received a warning, but at the very least, he could be receiving a warning this week.