Update, 11:20 p.m.:
Here’s the NHL’s official statement on the Torts fine…
“There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “People can disagree with calls by officials on the ice, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Tortorella did.”
…you mean no acceptable explanation other than he was 100% correct.
Update, 7:56 p.m.:
Darren Dreger reports Tortorella was fined $30,000 for his comments.
…that is beyond obscene. Joke.
Update, 12:52 p.m.:
Rick Carpiniello reports that Tortorella will be fined, not suspended by the NHL. Amount has not been announced.
Here’s Torts apologizing for his comments (via Rangers Twitter)…
“I tainted the (Winter) Classic with my mouth..it was a first-class event”
Torts added he was “frustrated” & “sarcastic” about calls at end.
Torts says he will speak to the refs in person to apologize, but has “called everyone involved” including Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to ask for forgiveness.
…so let me get this straight, the refs almost ruin Winter Classic weekend and Torts is apologizing. Wonderful.
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that John Tortorella’s post Winter Classic conspiracy theory rant on the game’s awful officiating has most likely earned him a meeting with NHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell today.
Gross fees that a fine in the $10,000 range may be forthcoming.
Here’s what Tortorella said Monday night…
“I’m not sure if NBC got together with the refs or what to turn this into an overtime game. It started with the non-call on Gaby’s, and he gets pitchforked in the stomach and everything starts going against us. So for two good refs, I thought the game was reffed horribly. So I’m not sure what happened there. Maybe they wanted to get into overtime. I’m not sure if they had meetings about that or what. But we stood in there. We stood in there. And again, I don’t want to—because they are good guys. I just thought tonight, it was—in that third period, it was disgusting.”
For video of Torts’ comments click here.
…i understand that showing up the refs is pretty much an automatic fine in any sport, but it’s disgraceful that Bettman nor anyone at the NHL has publicly apologized to the Rangers for officiating that nearly cost them the game.
…let’s hope the Dolans do the right thing and pay the fine for Torts. Because he had every right to question the integrity of the NHL.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post has more.