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NHL fines Ottawa $10,000, Konopka $2,500 for verbally abusing Rangers

Apr 16, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

Brian Boyle, Zenon Konopka

The fallout from a wild and controversial weekend of playoff action continued on Monday, when the NHL announced two fines for the Ottawa Senators organization.

Both the club ($10,000) and forward Zenon Konopka ($2,500) have been punished for Konopka’s pregame antics on Saturday, prior to Ottawa’s 3-2 overtime victory against the Rangers.

Konopka was fined for his verbal abuse of New York forward Brian Boyle — while Boyle was conducting a live television interview during warmups with the MSG Network.

The fines are just the latest in what’s been a busy punishment period for NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. He’s also fined Nashville defenseman Shea Weber $2,500 for slamming Henrik Zetterberg‘s head into the boards and suspended Vancouver’s Byron Bitz (two games, boarding), New York’s Carl Hagelin (three games, elbowing) and Ottawa’s Matt Carkner (one game, fighting unwilling opponent).

  1. jpelle82 - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    no audio at least for this? come on…someone dig that up, wonder what was said

  2. terminalcityhockey - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    It’s a tad ridiculous that the maximum fine for players that can make up to $10 million a year is $2500… That’s the equivalent of fining someone who makes $50k a fine of $12.50.

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Nothing the league can do about it. It’s the most they can be fined under the current CBA. They lose more money if they are suspended of course. Yes, I agree It’s a BS loohpole in the current contract and needs to get tossed out.

      The $2,500 fine they gave to Weber (who makes $7.5 mil this year I believe) is like you and me getting a $17 parking ticket.

  3. michiganhockey11 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    So does that mean that the Rangers are now on double secret probation from Dean Bett…I mean Wormer?

  4. gallyhatch - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    So in Brendan Shannahan’s eyes, $hit talking pregame is comparable to repeatedly smashing someone’s head off the glass? If anything he thinks it’s worse as he fined the organization also.

    WTF is going on here?

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Well, you have to remember. They want the head shots/illegal shots taken out of the game. The best way they think to do that is discipline by the result.

      We’re talking about results….not intent…not the action itself….results.

      I mean, this is results we’re talkin bout…..not intent….results.

  5. jkay1818 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    nice, fine them a few hours before gametime to make it look like they are doing something. Im sure the rangers feel a lot better about this. The 1 game carkner suspension, this hefty fine and all hagelin has to do is sit 3 games. no biggie.

  6. tangfan - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    a marginal talent like konopka talking s$%t, some people really have no sense of themselves

    • jpelle82 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      talking sh*t to another marginal talent in boyle…seems like he is pretty self aware, especially considering what boyle did to karlsson.

  7. dabutcha114 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Shanahan Is a fool. To suspend Haglin 3 games is just the NHL sticking it to the Rangers.

  8. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    So barking at an opponent who’s being interviewed on a close form mic is equitable to delivering a wild haymaker while collaring the would-be victim and slamming his head into a solid fixture with the intent of serious physical harm…? Bring on the dancing horses…

  9. j0ey15 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks Shannahan is making himself look like an idiot? Lol

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Clearly you haven’t read many comments here. It would seem most, if not all hockey fans think Shannie is making himself look like an idiot. I try to remind myself that it is, after all, just a game, but I’ll say what everyone else is saying in that the inconsistencies in doling out “corrective action” is mind-boggling. I’ve never been one to jump on any bandwagons crying “this or that is ruining the game of hockey!” Mistakes get made. Officiating is not perfect. You and I are not down there on the ice seeing things from the players’, officials’ or coaches’ perspectives, nor do we recognize and applaud when things go right. However, I’m pretty convinced Shanahan owes the players, organizations, and fans an explanation for what appears to everyone listed above as increasingly irrational and arbitrary punishments and disciplines.

  10. northstars17 - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    anyone have a video link? what was said???

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