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NHL fines Red Wings for comments made by VP Jim Devellano

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

The NHL announced Saturday that the Detroit Red Wings have been fined an undisclosed amount for comments made by vice president Jim Devellano.

While the league didn't announce the amount of the fine, TSN's Darren Dreger reports that it could be somewhere in the neighborhood of $250,000.

This past week, Devellano made some rather candid comments during an interview with Scott Harrigan of Island Sports News. The issue for the Red Wings is that NHL team executives aren't permitted to speak on CBA issues, as everything is supposed to come from either commissioner Gary Bettman or deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

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Devellano made reference to the players as "cattle," while also speaking about the unwritten rules of restricted free agency in which teams don't usually go after other players.

There was no doubt it would upset both players and owners.

"The Detroit Red Wings' organization and the league agree that the comments made by Mr. Devellano are neither appropriate, nor authorized, nor permissible under the league's by-laws," said Daly in a statement Saturday morning. "Such comments are neither constructive nor helpful to the negotiations."

Indeed they are not. If only there were actual negotiations taking place at this time. The two sides have not had formal meetings in more than week, and none are scheduled.

Training camps were supposed to open this weekend, and all exhibition games for the month of September have already been scrapped.

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