The Department of Player Safety has been busy since Saturday’s slate of games. The DoPS has already announced a hearing for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon, but it was also busy handing out fines as well. Two of the three fines came from the Tampa Bay-Florida showdown, including fines to Florida Panthers defensemen MacKenzie Weegar and Brandon Montour as well as a fine to Montreal Canadiens’ Joel Edmundson.
Montour received a $5,000 fine, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for spearing Maroon. The incident with Maroon occurred with six minutes remaining in the game, stirring up quite a fight between the two. Weegar also received a $5,000 fine for high-sticking Tampa Bay’s Mathieu Joseph. The infraction happened at the same time as the Maroon/Weegar incident. Weegar did not receive a penalty.
The third fine went to Edmundson, who received a $1,000 fine for a dangerous trip on Toronto’s John Tavares. The incident occurred late in the second period of the game between Montreal and Toronto. Tavares was not injured on the play. There was no penalty on the play.
Maroon is a fat slob, way too many double cheeseburgers, and chocolate sundaes, good for one thing, to stand and block the goalie ! Hell, his a** is as big as the net, and for his size , he fights like a big girl !!!
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His is a dinosaur. How is he supposed to fight with those vestigial arms?
Player safety has zero credibility.
Player Safety loves giving out those small fines but never likes actual discipline
Where will these players come up with that kind of cash? (eyeroll).
@Gbear – Judging by the unusual rustling I’ve heard nearby, I believe they’ll be going after our money trees! I *think* it’s well within the rules to cross-check one of those guys in the face when they get too close… ;)
I’m fine with fines, you can’t just go around suspending everyone. I think the maximum allowable fine should be raised, though. Maybe in the 50K-100K range. Suspensions should be reserved for the worst kinds of infractions such as high hits, two handed slashes and things of that nature. Certainly not for tick-tack stuff or most of the things that occur in scrums. On-Ice penalties are sufficient in those cases almost all the time.
Maroon may get a game because you can’t shove your way through referees. They aren’t built for physical altercations and wear no padding, so the chance of hurting one of them is high. You can’t push your way through refs to get to players.
Instead of a 50 to 100K, make the infraction a percentage of the player salary. Those amounts would be hugely punitive to someone making league minimum versus Wilson making 5million.
Agreed on the amounts needing to be actually punitive.