During tonight's Hockey Night In Canda Hotstove round table, Pierre LeBrun reported sources close to Evgeni Malkin (right) indicated the Penguins forward was fined and not suspened for his hit to the head on Kings forward Wayne Simmonds. Click here for the video (2:48 mark).
According to LeBrun, Malkin was given a "pretty stern talking to."
No word yet if NBC sports overlord Dick Ebersol NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had any role in the "punishment."
EN Says: We really can't help but wonder what role the Penguins' appearance on NBC tomorrow played in this decision. If that's Pascal Dupuis popping Simmonds in the head, Dupuis is wearing a suit tomorrow.
The NHL has shown a history of doling out passive or no discipline to superstar players such in situations such as Sidney Crosby's punch from behind on Atlanta's Boris Valabik or Alex Ovechkin's hit from behind on Tampa Bay's Jamie Heward. Why would Malkin's hit on Simmonds be any different?
-For those who would label Malkin's hit as "legal," please examine this video the NHL produced explaining rule changes prior to the 2007-08 season. Colin Campbell, the NHL's discipline czar, specificially labeled hits similar to Malkin's as illegal.
-Not surprisingly, Don Cherry is not happy with Malkin or "the goofball announcers in Pittsburgh:"
(Kudos to Kukla's Korner for the heads up.)
-We have a poll up concerning the hit. Did Malkin deserve a suspension? Vote on it here.