Toronto’s Kyle Clifford has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for High-sticking Tampa Bay’s Corey Perry.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 22, 2022
Clifford bopped Perry on the head with his stick pic.twitter.com/NDvIdwsfdk— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 22, 2022
It was more of a bob or a bonk, and likely should be called unsportsmanlike conduct.
The still shot.
This one was a little more serious and less silly:
Toronto’s Wayne Simmonds has been fined $2,250, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Charging Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 22, 2022
What this all reveals is how foolish the fine system is — it’s capped at a percentage of salary, so these two are almost the same fines, not because the actions are the same, but because the players make similar money.
This is the NHL way.