Sharks fined $100,000 for GM’s inappropriate comments

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(LA TIMES) — The San Jose Sharks were fined $100,000 by the NHL on Saturday because of General Manager Doug Wilson’s public criticism of the league’s decision this week to suspend Sharks forward Raffi Torres.

The NHL said in a statement that $25,000 was for violating a league rule prohibiting formal team statements to the media within 48 hours of a disciplinary suspension. The remaining $75,000 was for “the inappropriate nature of the comments.”

Torres delivered an open-ice hit to Kings center Jarret Stoll in Game 1 of the teams’ Western Conference semifinal series, resulting in a suspected concussion for Stoll. He is not expected to return soon. Torres appeared at a hearing in New York on Thursday and was suspended for the duration of this series under Rule 48.1, which pertains to illegal checks to the head. Torres is a multiple-repeat offender.

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