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Deep Blue Sea: John Hynes latest coach fined for officiating complaints

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Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes talks to officials during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 08, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

If you’re frustrated with NHL officiating — and after the calls of the last three San Jose Sharks games, how could you not be? — just know you’re not alone: Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes was fine after Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals for “inappropriate conduct,” that appears to be related to comments directed at an official.

Neither the league nor the team have offered any further clarification regarding Hynes’ actions, but it’s believed the incident in question was caught here, as Hynes is seen in the background having words at an official:

The league’s statement was short and sweet, stating, “Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes has been fined $25,000 for inappropriate conduct at the conclusion of NHL Game No. 1095 in Nashville on Tuesday, Feb. 15, the National Hockey League announced today. The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.”

It seems like instead of fixing the issues multiple coaches are clearly having with officials (Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness and Carolina Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’amour were assessed the same fine this season, totaling $75,000 in coaching fines), the league’s solution is to keep fining coaches for complaining. Smart! I’m sure the officiating will definitely get better this way.

But hey, it’s not like the NHL is known for accountability in basically any area, so it’s status quo as usual.

News & Notes

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  • Inconsistent Canucks escape with OT win after Sharks beat buzzer to tie it [Sportsnet]
  • Canucks vs Sharks: Fast start, fast fade, J.T. Miller saves the day [The Province]
  • Sharks News & Rumors: Hertl, Hill, Kane & More [The Hockey Writers]
  • Sharks mailbag, part 2: What do they need to be elite? Should fans root for losses? [The Athletic]
  • NHL Power Rankings: Each Team’s Greatest Olympian [Sports Illustrated]
  • NHL Power Rankings: Prospects of interest edition [Sportsnet]

Blood in the Water

  • John Hynes fined after Preds loss [On the Forecheck]
  • The Daily Faceoff Show: Was Hynes’ fine too much? [The Daily Faceoff]
  • The Best NHL Teams Are Better Than Usual. So Are The Teams That Might Upset Them In The Playoffs. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • Love It Or Leave It? Sabres, Leafs Unveil Heritage Classic Jerseys [Die By The Blade]
  • Canadiens add Stanley Cup champion Vincent Lecavalier to hockey operations [Yahoo! Sports]
  • NHL Rumors: Will the Canucks Move Brock Boeser over J.T. Miller? Devils Interested? [NHL Rumors]
  • Gophers get commitment from high NHL draft prospect Logan Cooley [Star Tribune]
  • NHL Prospect Notebook: Can Olympic star Slafkovsky challenge Shane Wright? [Sportsnet]
  • Adam Fox is enjoying proving that Jews can star in the NHL [The Jerusalem Post]
  • O’Ree joins ‘The Daily Show,’ talks breaking NHL color barrier [NHL.com]
  • Kraken’s all-Black broadcast team of Fitzhugh, Brown first in NHL history [NHL.com]
  • Seattle Kraken broadcasting duo makes NHL history as first all-Black TV crew [NPR]

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