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

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IApril 6, 2012

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:

Ranger Rants: #NYR players appreciate Tortorella speaking out against Crosby…

— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) April 6, 2012

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

John Tortorella fined $20K for comments that the NHL has promoted video of him making.

— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 6, 2012

Spector also followed up with this zinger:

Does the NHL realize that by fining Tortorella for his comments, they basically proved his point?

— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 6, 2012 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:

On if he heard John Tortorella’s comments:
No, I vaguely heard what he said. I figured he was just blowing up. I’m sure he’ll apologize today about it and everything will be forgotten.

On himself and Evgeni Malkin being called a whiner:
I don’t know what he’s talking about. I mean, if you want you can put a camera on us all game, put a camera on (Ryan Callahan) all game. You’ll see who’s over there more. He should worry about his own players.

On if it’s a gamesmanship:
Yeah, a lot of it. I don’t know when this all started, if this is part of the new tactics in the playoffs, but it’s garbage. The game's played on the ice. You get all this stuff going on. It really is garbage. It’s nonsense and if they want to do it great, but I’m not going to waste my time answering questions about it all the time. It’s getting pretty old.

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.

NHL release says only that Tortorella was fined "for comments following NHL Game #1204 at Pittsburgh on Thursday." What was the magic word?

— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 6, 2012


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