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Quinn fined for post-game comment

Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn has been fined for comments following a game against the...

Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn has been fined for comments following a game against the Calgary Flames. (Ken Armstrong/SUN MEDIA)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

The National Hockey League announced yesterday that putting your stick into the skates of an opponent as he’s racing towards the end boards for a loose puck doesn’t warrant supplemental discipline, even if he trips and it results in injury.

But talking about what they used to do about plays like that in the old days is a $10,000 fine.

So Jarome Iginla gets nothing for concussing Sheldon Souray in one of the most dangerous plays in hockey and Pat Quinn has to pull out his wallet for flashing back to the 70s.

Yes, Colin Campbell is still the league’s disciplinarian.

The league handed down the fine yesterday after Quinn told a post-game news conference that reckless plays like the one the injured Souray were handled a lot differently in the 12-team NHL.

“If that had happened in the old days he would have got hit over the head with a stick right after,” Quinn said. “It was a pretty dirty play in my opinion. He poked his feet out and then piled on top of him. Somehow they (the NHL) never deal with that crap and they won’t let the vigilante stuff happen to deal with it. It’s disappointing.”

The NHL didn’t deal with the play itself, which disappointed Souray’s teammates.

“Everybody knows (Iginla) is not that type of player,” said Steve Staios. “But overall the league has to take a serious look at that. All defencemen will tell you we have to go back for the puck like that a dozen times a game. I don’t think there’s a need for a stick to be anywhere on a player going into the end boards.

"Even if it’s in between their hands, it can influence them enough that there’s an end boards collision. I hope that the league takes a good look at it and understands that even the unintentional situations can turn ugly.”

Souray didn’t take part in Friday’s optional practice and there’s no word on when he’ll be back in the lineup.

”Those end board plays where people are chasing pucks are pretty scary,” said Sam Gagner. “I’m glad to see that he’s feeling all right after the game and is on his way to recovery. Sheldon is one of our best players and you never want to see that happen to him.”

Quinn wasn’t at Friday’s practice, either, and wasn’t made available for comment. Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, who doesn’t quite have the fire of his head coach, refused to address the subject.

As for Staios, he was also out with a concussion, missing the last game against Calgary, but is hoping to be back for Saturday’s game with Montreal. With Souray doubtful, they need him, but there’s no rushing these things.

“It’s always difficult with these because you want to play, as a player you want to get out there but it’s not always your call,” he said. “I’m going to work hard and be honest with the medical staff and hopefully get in as soon as I can.”


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