Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined $5,000 for diving, after the NHL logged three occasions of embellishment in the past two months.
The first one was logged Feb. 4 against New Jersey. He received a warning for that. The second one, which earned a $2,000 fine, occurred in Ottawa on March 12. And the third one, which triggered a $3,000 fine, came March 21 against Calgary.
If there’s another one, it’ll be a $4,000 fine for Kadri and a $2,000 fine for his head coach, Mike Babcock.
Babcock, by the way, recently stuck up for Kadri, suggesting his player wasn’t being treated fairly by the officials.
“So that’s four games the memo must be out there that they’re not allowed to call a penalty [for infractions against Kadri],” Babcock said Saturday after a 3-1 loss to Boston.
The NHL also announced that Oilers forward Nail Yakupov has been fined $2,000 for diving (warned Oct. 13 versus Dallas, second offense March 12 versus Arizona).
The NHL also announced that Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $2,000 for diving (warned Dec. 6 versus Carolina, second offense March 12 versus Edmonton).