By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed Saturday that Nathan Horton was fined by the National Hockey League for an incident with a fan in Tampa after Game 6 of the Bruins-Lightning series.
According to a league source, Horton was fined the maximum 2,500 allowable by theleagueunder NHL disciplinary guidelines.
"You know, thats an unfortunate incident," said Chiarelli on Saturday. "I didnt really focus on it and I didnt talk to Nathan about it. He has been fined. So that issue has been resolved. Those are the types of things that when they happen you get the call and then you deal with them. To fret about them before they happen is I think a bit of a waste of energy."Horton allegedly squirted water and then threw a water bottle at a fan after Game 6. Although previous similar actions have earned suspensions, Horton avoided that kind of supplemental discipline.
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Now THIS is old-time hockey!
There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.
And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.
-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.
-- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.