By WEB STAFF
Edmonton Oilers head coach Pat Quinn has been fined $10,000 by the National Hockey League for comments he made following last night’s game against the Calgary Flames.
“Mr. Quinn’s comments were inappropriate and without justification,” said NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell.
Quinn referred to a hit by Calgary forward Jarome Iginla’s a “dirty play,” and added his team’s response should have been equally dirty and that “in the old days (Iginla) would have got hit over the head with a stick right after … in the area I come from, you do dirt with dirt.”
“The League disagrees with Pat Quinn’s post-game comments and his characterization of the Souray-Iginla collision,” Campbell said in an e-mail. “I have had preliminary discussions with (Oilers GM) Steve Tambellini about Mr Quinn’s comments.”
Early in the second period, Iginla tripped Souray as both went into the corner after the puck. Souray fell with Iginla on top of him and slammed into the boards. Souray left the game with a suspected mild concussion.
Iginla was penalized on the play and when he returned, Oilers captain Ethan Moreau fought Iginla, but Quinn wasn’t impressed with that response.
“That’s not addressing it,” he said. “You don’t give him honour. Why would you give a man honour for that type of play? (Moreau) honoured (Iginla) with a fist fight.”
Iginla said after the game that he didn’t mean to trip Souray.
“It was a freaky play — I definitely didn’t mean to do it,” he said.