Quinn coughs up for harsh words

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Pat Quinn has knocked the National Hockey League's new rules a few times this season, but yesterday the league hit the Maple Leafs coach in the wallet.

Quinn, along with Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, was fined an undisclosed sum for "recent public comments critical of the game and league officiating."

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly levied the fines.

Quinn has been sniping about the penalty crackdown in the league's tie-breaking shootout format.

And though he unloaded on the two referees who worked Toronto's fight-filled 9-1 win in Atlanta on Oct. 14, his criticisms on Sunday afternoon proved one rant too many for the NHL's liking.

He was reacting to a question about the tame physical nature of the usually rough and tumble Flyers-Leafs the night before.

"They obviously didn't know how to handle it," Quinn said of the officials.

Quinn called the Atlanta game a "disgrace" and referred to the Thrashers' "cowardice." He said Atlanta coach Bob Hartley "has a reputation of sending his guys out head-hunting."

Carlyle was upset after Anaheim lost 3-2 to Detroit on Friday night, pointing to the Red Wings' eight power plays to the Ducks' four.

"I don't understand how they called that many power plays against us," Carlyle said. "I don't understand how we're that bad. I guess the Detroit Red Wings get those calls in their building."

After a year-long lockout, the league has been trying to paint a rosy picture regarding issues such as officiating and attendance.

While Quinn and Carlyle were the first to get fined, other coaches and general managers have been warned by the league.

As Leafs general manager, Quinn was fined $10,000 US in the summer of 2002 and the Leafs fined $100,000 after Quinn predicted the NHL was headed for disaster if its differences with the Players Association were not resolved.

Time proved him correct.


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