Pat Quinn was fined today for his comments after last night's Flames-Oilers game. Quinn called Jarome Iginla's trip on Sheldon Souray a "dirty play." Having watched the video on NHL.com and read the words myself, I can't say I blame the NHL for the decision to fine Quinn for his comments, but I also can't say that what Quinn said was wrong.
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Players today are taking more and more liberties because they can get away with it, especially in games against rival teams or in the playoffs. One of the dirtiest players out there that always gets away with it is Ed Jovanovski. Last Wednesday against the Penguins, Jovanovski punched Evgeni Malkin in the back of the head on three seperate occasions before he was finally caught and given a two-minute roughing minor. Jovanovski did the same thing last year in a game against the Minnesota Wild, going after star players, pinning them against the wall and punching them in the back of the head. He was never penalized in that game.
So, while the NHL may have been incensed by Pat Quinn's "inappropriate comments," maybe the league should consider why one of the smartest and most respected coaches in all of professional sports is making comments like this.
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