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."