Sharks’ GM Doug Wilson fined $100,000 for comments regarding Torres suspension
Raffi Torres just invites controversy wherever he goes. The San Jose Sharks forward has been suspended for the rest of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings after a hit to the head of L.A’s Jarrett Stoll. As a repeat offender (Torres was suspended for 25 games after a blow to the head on Chicago’s Marian Hossa during last year’s playoffs, when Torres was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes), Torres’ penalty was a bit harsher than someone else’s might have been…and one man’s reaction to the suspension ended up being quite costly.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson took exception to the fine, saying that the NHL had taken “inappropriate action” and was “making an example out of a player who had taken only six minor penalties in 39 games”. The NHL was not amused, and wasted no time dropping the hammer on Wilson:
San Jose Sharks fined $100,000 for Doug Wilson’s comments Friday regarding the Raffi Torres suspension.
— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) May 18, 2013
That’s right, a full 100 grand for Wilson’s statement. Ouch. Harsh, but when someone as polarizing as Raffi Torres is on your team, you have to expect controversy, and know how to deal with it- and that includes watching what you say. Maybe the team can rally around this, and use it to even the series against Los Angeles (the Kings lead their semifinal matchup 2-0).