NHL FINES DEAN LOMBARDI $50,000.00 FOR CALLING MIKE MURPHY BIASED

Ouch. I think Dean’s salary is $1 million dollars per season so this adds up to 5% of his salary. The question is, does the team pay for it or does it come out of his paycheck? I will guess that the team pays for it. That may be at AEG’s discretion as part of Dean’s contract.

For those looking for a positive out of this, there is none. Our GM acted like an immature adolescent who threw a tantrum and this is a scar (a small one) across this franchise’s face…as if we didn’t have enough things going wrong. The funny part is I know and you know that he meant what he said. The fact that he apologized for it doesn’t change that he really believes Murphy to be biased.

Put that reserve energy into finding us a left wing or second line center Deano.

Here is the article on Dean Lombardi’s $50,000.00 fine.

NEW YORK (January 21, 2011) – Los Angeles Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi has been fined $50,000 for comments made following Thursday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

“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,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

“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,” Commissioner Bettman added. “Mike Murphy is a devoted caretaker of the game. His commitment to the National Hockey League, all 30 of its Clubs – and to the game – is beyond challenge, question or debate.

“I have spoken to Dean, who has apologized to Mike Murphy and to me and has acknowledged that his comments were wrong, inappropriate and without merit,” Commissioner Bettman said.

The money goes to the NHL Foundation.

Statement from Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi:

“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.  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.”



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6 replies

  1. B.S. Dean spoke the truth. There should be an outside independent investigation to examine the corruption of Mike Murphy and the corrupt on ice official. Was bribery involved? Gambling?

    The way for the Kings to resolve this situation isn’t with apologies to the corrupt NHL. It’s with fisticuffs directed toward biased refs and officials.

    This is hockey, not pansy figure skating.

    Your blog is nothing more than an apologia for evil and corruption. It’s a joke. You might as well as close up shop.

    • Fascinating. Conspiracy theories are fun, no denying that. So are frivolous allegations without evidentiary support. We prefer to focus on facts. They are stubborn things.

  2. Well it was a shitty call and we all know that. Hanzal knew it too. Second one of this type this year (although this was a lot worse than the one in Ottawa). DL got angry and I don’t blame him–his team’s season is slowly slipping into the shitter.

    Move on.

  3. I wish someone would have spoken out like that against Melrose when he first started with ESPN. Back then the guy seemed to have a vendetta painted on his sleeve for anything Kings. What a Jack Ass.

    Wish DL didn’t appologize. Even if that’s the politically correct thing to do.

  4. I think that the size of the fine indicates how badly stung the league was by a comment that bears closer looking into. They closed ranks around their guy without any examination of whether or not there was any merit to Lombardi’s accusation. They have offered no explanation for how such an egregiously blown call was allowed to stand. How do they expect Lombardi to feel? It makes me think that there is more truth to Dean’s accusation than the league is willing to admit to. Mike Murphy only issued a one sentence explanation of how that call on the ice was allowed to stand, and it was boiler-plate “there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the call on the ice” Bull! Jim Fox drew a line with the telestrator showing the height of the crossbar and the stick and puck were clearly above it. They looked at that clip for over 5 minutes, and couldn’t see that? And I’m supposed to believe that there’s not a hint of bias in the Toronto war room against the Kings! Sure.

  5. Interesting that I was texting during the game who is bribing the officials tonight? You could see that DL was pissed the one shot they showed of him.
    Yes he had to apologize . And you know it was good ‘acting’ in doing so. Good for him for having the balls to stick up for his team. Think it will be a morale booster for the boys. And no the team will not pay..He will.

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