John Tortorella Fined $20,000 for "Candid Comments" on the Penguins

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This was coming and no one is surprised, but John Tortorella becomes the second head coach this week fined for candid comments about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tortorella was fined a whopping $20,000 for these comments in reaction to a dirty hit on Derek Stepan, one that Brooks Orpik will not be disciplined for.

From Yahoo Sports:

It's a cheap, dirty hit. I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there. I wonder what would happen. So I'm anxious to see what happens with the League over this. Just no respect among players. None. It's sickening.

It's one of the most arrogant organizations in the league. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens.

It's ridiculous. But they'll whine about something else over there, won't they, starting with their two (expletive) stars.

John Tortorella is no stranger to paying fines for unleashing his opinions verbally, and no one can fault him in this situation.

Andrew Gross of The Record also tweeted this out:

Jesse Spector of the Sporting News makes a good point of the situation in this tweet:

Spector also followed up with this zinger:

NHL.com had this rant front and center on their website for a good amount of time last night, and probably drew a bunch of traffic for everyone searching on Google.

Earlier today, Sidney Crosby had some comments of his own. 

From Penguins Official NHL page:

Right now, Glen Sather is probably reaching into his pocket to find his checkbook so he can write a check for Torts after patting him on the back for speaking the truth.

So Tortorella and Peter Laviolette have called out the Penguins this week and were subsequently fined. My only question is what was it that Torts said? The league was not so clear in it's release.

 

Tom Urtz Jr is an NHL Featured Columnist.

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