Friday, January 21, 2011

NHL fines Lombardi $50K for outburst

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I think just about any sports fan could tell you the same thing on this "good goal". Even an honest Coyotes fan would take this one back if they could. The picture says it all folks, The stick obviously makes contact with the puck above the crossbar. The NHL should be explaining how their review team in Toronto could miss this on the replay. Instead they are fining LA Kings GM $50K for his comments.
That's how it goes in Gary Bettman's NHL. Don't worry, more bad calls to come.


(with files)

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi was fined $50,000 by the NHL on Friday for his comments about league vice-president Mike Murphy.

Upset that a disputed goal was allowed to stand in a 2-0 loss to Phoenix on Thursday, Lombardi told a reporter who works for the team's website that Murphy wouldn't give the Kings a favourable call because he once lost out on the GM job in Los Angeles.

That earned Lombardi both a hefty fine, plus a sharp rebuke from commissioner Gary Bettman.

"There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the league's hockey operations department in general or Mike Murphy, in particular," Bettman said in a release.

"People can disagree with a call by an official on the ice or an official in the situation room in Toronto, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Lombardi did."

The Kings GM accepted full responsibility for his actions, phoning Murphy on Friday to offer a personal apology.

"I spoke to the commissioner today and he made it very clear to me that my actions last night were inappropriate and detrimental to the game," Lombardi said in a statement. "There is no question that his assessment is correct and the punishment fits the crime. Just as important, I apologized to Mike Murphy this morning and I sincerely appreciate his willingness to accept my apology.

"Like the team must learn from its mistakes, the GM has to learn from his mistakes as well."

Murphy played for the Kings during his NHL career and is a former coach of the team. He is currently in charge of goal reviews for the league.

"Mike Murphy is a devoted caretaker of the game," said Bettman. "His commitment to the National Hockey League, all 30 of its clubs -- and to the game -- is beyond challenge, question or debate.

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