Are the Pittsburgh Penguins Untouchable?
Two coaches were fined after they had not-so-nice words about the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette was livid after the Penguins sent the checking line out in a 6-3 game that they could not come back from. He had words with Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.
His fine for the outburst? $10,000.
Bylsma pointed out the late cross check on Sidney Crosby by Brayden Schenn but failed to mention the cross check to Schenn by Crosby earlier in the game. (I apologize for the annoying loop, but it was the only one I could find.)
Not long after, Brook Orpik committed a dangerous knee-on-knee on New York Rangers' Derek Stepan, and NYR coach John Tortorella was incensed. He had choice words for the Penguins, and he got fined $20,000 by the league.
So that is $30,000 dollars for words to one team. I don't recall that many fines costing that much. Those were two very expensive speeches.
With Laviolette's tirade had him standing on the boards screaming at the top of his lungs at Granato and Bylsma, you'd think that would warrant a heavier fine than Torts' tirade.
On top of that, Orpik was not spoken to, fined, suspended or even rapped on the knuckles for the incident.
For comparison's sake, look at the Vancouver Canucks. Last season there were accusations of diving and embellishment from three coaches in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the Vancouver Canucks, but not one fine was issued.
Do you think the Peguins are given special treatment this year?
It seems absurd when players like Crosby, an undoubted talent on the league, starts talking about late and cheap hits: He has his own repertoire of nastiness. He has admitted that he is competitive, and that is fine.
But when you deliver what you get, don't complain about it. While he says that he has toned it down in the complaining department, we have not seen any evidence of this.
No, this is not a snipe at Sidney Crosby, nor is it one aimed at the Penguins.
Here are some moments that should have been reviewed by the league but have not.
Crosby on Nick Foligno: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cgtx2lsul4 Plus, Kunitz came charging in shoving Foligno into the net dislodging it The result? Crosby and Foligno were called in the play. Kunitz? Nothing. Should have been an instigator penalty, but nothing.
Evgeni Malkin trying to take Giroux's head off with a clear attempt to elbow him in the head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh9EenqzdtM
Malkin again just last month on Vorachek, another blatant elbow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp6Vm3-1t_U
Malkin on Boychuck last month with a clear boarding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgk8snlIOwA
There are many more examples that can be posted, but you get the picture.
There are some even worst than these he has made in past seasons.
All of these on common? Not one suspension.
But one does have to wonder and look back. Have two coaches from different teams ever gotten heavily fined for critiquing the same team in one week?
Leave a comment below on how the league is fairing so far this year. Perhaps this piece will generate discussion (keep it civil).
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