We have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the NHL’s online services, you agree to these updated documents and to the arbitration of disputes.
Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
 
SHARE
At the Rink blog

Giordano understands reasoning behind fine

Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 3:17 PM

By Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Share with your Friends


2012-2013 At the Rink blog
Giordano understands reasoning behind fine

CALGARY, Alberta -- At the time, Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano didn't think twice about his battle with Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel on Sunday night.

Upon review, he understands why the NHL fined him $10,000 Tuesday for his slew-foot on Roussel in Calgary's 4-3 win over Dallas.

"I totally understand how it looks and it doesn't look great on video on the replay obviously and I'm happy the guy isn't hurt," said Giordano, a first-time offender. "Those plays around the boards, they do have to eliminate them. I guess I'll take the fine and more forward and try not to do stuff like that again."

The fine is the maximum allowed under the new collective bargaining agreement and goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The play happened four days after the Ottawa Senators lost reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson for the season with a lacerated left Achilles tendon.

Giordano, who was assessed a two-minute minor for tripping, didn't see a connection between his fine and the Karlsson injury.

"I don't think they're that similar," Giordano said. "They're more worried about the slew-footing and then dragging guys down because of the way they can fall on their back and eventually your head can probably hit the ice."

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres