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NHL fines Tortorella $20,000, bringing his total on the year to 50k

Apr 6, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

The NHL has slapped John Tortorella with his second major fine of the year, dinging him $20,000 for comments made following a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The New York Rangers head coach was also fined $30,000 after January’s Winter Classic for calling the officiating “disgusting” (and suggesting the refs and NBC collaborated to try and send the game to overtime).

It’s unclear exactly what comment got Torts fined this time around, though it’s not for a lack of options:

– He called Brooks Orpik‘s knee on Derek Stepan a “cheap, dirty hit”.

– He asked “I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there.”

– He called Pittsburgh “one of the most arrogant organizations in the league.”

– He dropped an f-bomb: “They’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they? Starting with their two [expletive] stars.”

Here’s video of Tort’s rant, in case you haven’t seen it yet:

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Prior to this season, Tortorella had been both fined ($10,000, for negative comments towards officials in 2007) and suspended (one game, for an altercation with Capitals fans during the first round of the 2009 playoffs.)

  1. philly4lyfe - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    I love how anyone giving a negative opinion of the pens get a fine. But asham tries to instigate a fight of a decided game which is supposed to be an automatic suspension, and the league just turns a blind eye to it.

    • bmscalise - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Duh, obviously the fine is due to a league-wide conspiracy in favor of the Pens, rather than because the comments were childish, unprofessional, and reflect poorly on the league as a whole. Yep, makes sense.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      I LOVE Torts’ as an NHL fan. I think he is a breath of fresh air and I like the fact he is willing to speak his mind. Keep it coming!

      – Wild fan

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Check out the interview on NHL.com where Crosby admits he’s a whiner !

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    The big goof mario has the league under his thumb !

    • bobhpine - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      It’s awesome isn’t it

  4. sharksfan754 - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    How long til this becomes a coors light parody commercial?

  5. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    PLAYOFFS, PLAYOFFS ! It would go something like this CROSBY Dont talk about CROSBY !

  6. brian32556 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    As a Rangers fan all I can say is “Hey Flyers – kick their Penguin butts!” Give Sid the Git some of his slashes back; get in a few of those Malkin cheap shots that refs never seem to catch either.

    Lovin’ that it could now be an 8-game bloodbath starting Saturday!

    • m1k3g - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      So you’re saying you’d rather play the Flyers?

      I can’t imagine why ….

      • brian32556 - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Duh! 6-0 vs the Flyers this year! What planet are you living on?

    • m1k3g - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Apparently the sarcasm of my comment was lost on you.

      • brian32556 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        You need a little work.

      • m1k3g - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        Yet judging by the thumbs up my comment received, most others seemed to have no problem discerning the intent of the comment.

        I think you’ve been spending too much time in the blues, dude. Time to come down.

      • brian32556 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        Well since you’re 20 thumbs short of mine, I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

      • m1k3g - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        Ratio, son, ratio. I’m pretty much at 5:1 thumbs up to thumbs down. You on the other hand, are pretty much at 2:1.

        Quality over quantity. It’s all good. I’m sure after all those years of dealing with Glen Sather running the show, you’re just learning that concept.

      • brian32556 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        I have to give you this one.

  7. cameltoews - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    This is absolutely disgusting. Brooks Orpik puts a knee on knee hit to Stepan that could have ended his season and the league doesnt even call him to warn him. Torts is right. I hope the pens get a taste of their own medicine.

    • crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      And gaborik clocked Letang in the head with a cross check from behind? You miss that? Did you see the hit to the head by Dubinsky on Strait? How about the hit to the head from Boyle on Michalek? Guess you missed all of those? Yep refs and league sucking up to the Pens.

  8. gary15217 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    When the Pens whip their butts in the playoffs it’ll be just that much sweeter!

    • chill1184 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      …and then the Pens will be eaten alive in the next round.

  9. philly4lyfe - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Keep dreamin, ur 0-5 against us in ur own building.

  10. capsfan19 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    League def sucks up to the penguins, with its beautiful, promising, innocent young cindy. (sarcasm in case you couldnt tell)

    • crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      Oh really? Remember when Ovie the clown hit Gonchar knee to knee in the playoffs in 2009? What do you call that? Incidental? No suspension? That was sucking up. League kept trying to suck up to Crapitals but they just couldn’t get out of that first round.

  11. napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Wow. Laviolette and Torts must be having kittens right now haha.

    Can’t cuss in media interviews, torts should no better I suppose

  12. akrizzy25 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Cant wait until those 2 whiners raise another cup again. Going right trough both philthy and new York. Go
    Pens. Eat it torts.

  13. proudliberal85392 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Ya gotta love Tortorella…a lot of teams could use his passion.

  14. bct11554 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    The NHL just proved his point. Don’t you dare say anything about the pens. There are 2 sets of rules. One for the pens and another for the other 29 team. Unreal.

    • chill1184 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Not really, all four leagues have it’s golden child(ren). For MLB it’s the Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox, NFL it’s the Pats and Cowboys and Lakers and Celtics for the NBA. However I do agree with your statement but I don’t see it as unreal. This article would expand more on your point

      http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2012/4/6/2931252/john-tortorella-fine-new-york-rangers-pittsburgh-penguins

  15. dumptrucked - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    How does the league have time to release any statements… They have to be so tired from f#cking each member of that organization.

    Seriously though, they torts said nothing about the officials or league.. He was talking bad about an enemy… Since when is that out of line… Oh yeah… Since crosby gave bettman his class ring and promised to be bff forever

    • eyeh8goodell - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      He did attack the league, 2 players not even related to the play in question, and an entire organization. That’s why he got fined. If he’d kept his commentary to the Orpik hit he’d have been fine…..rather than fined. This is a guy who gets into water bottle fights with fans and has been repeatedly fined/suspended for his outbursts. In short, he’s typical John Tortorella………world class blowhard and hypocrite. Guess he missed his boy Rupp’s knee on knee shot on Jordan Staal earlier in the year. Didn’t hear him whining about that one. He’s just butt hurt that the Pens own him on every level. Too bad the Pens can’t get the Rangers in round 1……..easy 4 game sweep.

      And for all the mental midget Philly/Rangers fans, if the league was going to favor anybody it would be a team like Toronto and an Original Six team. That’s where the money is. Not the Pens.

      Oh and Philly Fan? Your team leads the league in every single penalty category (including misconducts) except one……..you’re only 4th in the league on that one. Hypocrite, thy name is Philly Fan.

  16. phillyphan83 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    funny how pens fans forget the only reason why they’re good now is because they were either the worst or second to worst team in the NHL 3 years in a row where they had to be rescued from bankruptcy(way to support your team in tough times Pittsburgh) and that allowed them to draft fleury, malkin, and crosb*tch. sad, sorry organization with dilusional fans.

    • eyeh8goodell - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      By that logic the Islanders, Oilers, and Panthers should be the class of the NHL. Try again. You see, this is why Pittsburgh is the #2 city in America in college degrees per capita while the average Philthadelphia resident is on par with the garden variety Mogadishu street thug. I guess I can’t blame you for your massive inferiority complex. You’ve sat by crying yourself to sleep at night for decades watching as Pittsburgh racked up 14 pro sports championships. All you guys have had to rally around is a Rocky statue.

      Kiss the rings. And our asses.

  17. thetruth71 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Scared Torts???? I think just a little!!

  18. bbk1000 - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Everything Torts said is true, and everyone aside from the Pens organization would agree. Even the covert operation to get Malkin was ok’d, any other team would have lost the pick.

    The league lets Pittsburgh do as it pleases……

  19. wheresdapuck - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    If anything, the NHL should be paying Torts. He is entertaining and generally correct! His comments bring character to the game and a lot more exposure to the NHL.

    While not a Rangers fan, I despise the Pens!

  20. richieranger - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Get ready for playoff hockey boys…..put on your chin straps!

  21. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    The truth hurts and it’s expensive. At least when hockey is done you won’t have to listen to anyone from Pittsburg until the fall.

  22. qauzaq - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I don’t get it. You get fined for having an opinion? Or is he fined for saying it in public? By the way the refs absolutely suck this years so I agree with any coach that complains about them…

  23. fullbagg - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Yep! Pengwhines still have Cooke on their roster! Both ways for the whiners!

  24. fullbagg - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    eyeh8goodell – Apr 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM
    “By that logic the Islanders, Oilers, and Panthers should be the class of the NHL. Try again. You see, this is why Pittsburgh is the #2 city in America in college degrees per capita while the average Philthadelphia resident is on par with the garden variety Mogadishu street thug. I guess I can’t blame you for your massive inferiority complex. You’ve sat by crying yourself to sleep at night for decades watching as Pittsburgh racked up 14 pro sports championships. All you guys have had to rally around is a Rocky statue.

    Kiss the rings. And our asses.”

    Can’t argue with any critisism of Philly, BUT Pittsburgh makes Baltimore look like New York! What an old relic dump! A lot of fat people too.

    Must be well educated and fed…

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