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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.

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.
October 9, 2009 10:29 PM ET | Delete
Where was Eric Goddard? If he wasn't dressed then Pittsburgh got what they deserved. Next game against Pittsburgh it sucks to be big Ed.
October 10, 2009 1:06 AM ET | Delete
Umm.... me thinks the comment was out of line because it wasn't a dirty hit. The end result was an accident. The only thing wrong with the whole play was the way it turned out. As for Quinn being one of the smartest and most respected coaches in pro sports... well maybe if your Leafs fan... but for such a smart guy, he's never won a thing of consequence at the pro level.
October 11, 2009 5:40 AM ET | Delete
Actually scubasteve, Quinn saves his best for games that are above the pro level. Note his win at the '02 Olympics and '04 World Cup. And if we're to include the pro level only, then you can count winning two Jack Adams trophies for best coach as something of consequence in my books. Don't be bitter just because he beat your Flames (and almost the high-powered Rangers) with his underdog Canucks in '94.
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