Looks as if Sharks GM Doug Wilson will not be getting away with the giant middle finger he gave to the NHL in the form of his acrimonious statement on Friday about the “grossly unfair” Raffi Torres suspension.
That statement read in part:
Comparing the facts of this incident against the actual wording of Rule 48.1, it appears that the NHL has not only made an inappropriate application of this rule but is trying to make an example out of a player who is being judged on past events [...] We are proud of the work Raffi has put in to successfully adjust his game. Although it’s unfortunate that Jarret was injured on the play, we feel this decision is grossly unfair to the Raffi, his teammates and our fans.
(You can read the entire 436-word harangue here.)
On Saturday, the franchise saw the heavy repercussions of Wilson’s venting. According to David Pollak, the Sharks have been fined $100,000 by the league for the remarks—$25 large for commenting on disciplinary actions during the 48-hour window they can be appealed and $75 grand for “the inappropriate nature of the comments.”
We would say we’re looking forward to the Sharks’ response to the latest form of punishment being leveled against them, but they’ve probably learned their lesson by now.