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Dean Lombardi Fined $50K

NEW YORK (January 21, 2011) – Los Angeles Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi has been fined $50,000 for comments made following Thursday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

      “There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League’s Hockey Operations Department in general or Mike Murphy, in particular,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

      “People can disagree with a call by an official on the ice or an official in the Situation Room in Toronto, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Lombardi did,” Commissioner Bettman added. “Mike Murphy is a devoted caretaker of the game. His commitment to the National Hockey League, all 30 of its Clubs – and to the game – is beyond challenge, question or debate.

“I have spoken to Dean, who has apologized to Mike Murphy and to me and has acknowledged that his comments were wrong, inappropriate and without merit,” Commissioner Bettman said.

      The money goes to the NHL Foundation.

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Crow's avatar

Chairman Mao Buttman and his cronies can do no wrong.  Even when it defies logic and video replay.  It really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Posted by Crow on 01/21/11 at 07:58 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

is beyond challenge, question or debate.

So Bettman is infallible?  His comments are inappropriate and irresponsible.

Nothing is beyond challenge, question or debate.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/21/11 at 08:22 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, Mike Murphy whines about the smart kid to Gary.Ass and the midget commish becomes:

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/21/11 at 08:30 PM ET


Love how the normal penalty for scrambling a guy’s brains ranges from nothing to 2k and a 1 game suspension, but the penalty for opening your mouth starts at 50k or a 6 game suspension.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/21/11 at 08:48 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Uhhh I wouldn’t exactly call Lombardi the smart Kid! Can’t Insinuate that the head of reviews Holds a grudge against a Team or GM who beat him out for the job

Posted by Evilpens on 01/21/11 at 09:16 PM ET


scrambling a guy’s brains ranges from nothing to 2k and a 1 game suspension, but the penalty for opening your mouth starts at 50k or a 6 game suspension.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/21/11 at 05:48 PM ET

Posted by NathanBC on 01/21/11 at 10:08 PM ET


It was a bad call, but sounds like some of the rocket scientists think it is ok for a GM to call and berate the official without recourse? Lombardi says the penalty is fair, but I guess he must be kissing Gary’s ass too.

Posted by timbits on 01/22/11 at 01:42 AM ET


Nope, gotta penalize Lombardi for saying something like this. What I don’t understand is why the hammer hits him and Avery harder for being jackasses than it does guys who are running around trying to ruin lives.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/22/11 at 12:27 PM ET

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