NHL Fines Detroit Red Wings $250K for Controversial Comments on Lockout

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: 2009 Lester Patrick Trophy recipient Jim Devellano poses for a photo during the Lester Patrick Trophy Celebration at Gotham Hall on October 21, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
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After Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President and Alternate Governor Jim Devellano voiced his distaste for the NHL lockout, the league brought down a fine on the executive to the tune of $250,000, according to Yahoo! Sports NHL writer Nick Cotsonika.

Guessing this is already out there, but Devellano fined $250K for his comments. Stiff price for telling the truth.

— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) September 22, 2012

Devellano told the Island Sports News about how he views the NHL lockout (this is just one of the comments from the column that the NHL claims warranted the fines):

It's very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand. But having said that, I will tell you this: The owners can basically be viewed as the ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the ranch and allow the players to eat there. That's the way it's always been and that's the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren't going to let a union push them around. It's not going to happen.

As distasteful as the comment is, the assessment is spot-on.

The NHL was right to fine the Red Wings executive for commenting on the lockout and breaking the rules, but the damage from his words has already been done.

NHL fans now understand exactly why they should be so angry.

There was never a question that this was just a battle over money, but the extent of how little the NHL owners care about the fans when it comes to locking out the players and proving a point wasn’t exposed fully until Devellano spoke out.

Maybe now that the NHL community knows truly how the owners feel, real change can begin to take place.

Looking at it realistically, though, nothing will ever change.

The league knows that the hardcore fans will flock back to the sport no matter how long the lockout lasts, and it would rather make more money in the long run than worry about the short-term losses.

Devellano deserved a fine for breaking the rules, but he should be praised for speaking out against something everyone knows is selfish and a detriment to the sport.

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