According to our own Jason Gregor, Milan Lucic received a $10,000 fine, the maximum allowed under the CBA, for the incident with Mathieu Joseph at the end of last night’s game.
This morning we learned that Milan Lucic would be having a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety and this after we learned his punishment. In the eyes of the NHL, Lucic’s demolition of Joseph and using him as a booster seat was not worthy of a suspension but did merit a shot to his wallet. As a result, Lucic will receive a $10,000 fine for the play rather than being forced to sit out any games. Personally, I think even a $10K fine is heavy based on what actually happened but I can understand that the NHL wouldn’t want to encourage pre-meditated vigilantism.
According to NHL Numbers, Lucic’s daily Cap Hit is $32,258 which means that he’ll be missing out on roughly a third of a day’s pay, or, to put it another way, he’ll basically be playing the first period of tomorrow’s game in Florida for free — it’s basically a slap on the wrist. While getting a $10,000 fine is certainly a kick to the pills for broke asses like you and me, when you make as much money as the big man does, losing a rack to stick up for your teammate is more like a slight irritation than anything overly harmful. At the end of the day, Lucic Ten grand well spent, eh Milan?
What do you guys think? Fair? Too much? Too light?
LUCIC’S SEASON SO FAR
Source: Jason Gregor, Verified Twitter Account, 11/07/2018 – 1:53 pm MT