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NHL fines Calgary's Mark Giordano $10,000 for slew foot

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

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The NHL announced on Tuesday evening that Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano has been fined $10,000 for slew-footing Antoine Roussel of the Dallas Stars during the second period of their game on Monday night (you can see it above).

The $10,000 fine is the maximum amount Giordano could have been fined under the collective bargaining agreement since he is a first-time offender.

Gioradno had a disciplinary hearing earlier on Tuesday, and quite frankly the fine is pretty much all that should have been expected. The fact he was even given that should be somewhat of a surprise. The league, for whatever reason, has made it pretty clear over the years that unless a player is injured, slew-footing just isn't something they're going to suspend a player for. Most of the time when a slew-footing incident occurs in a game it gets overlooked entirely without even so much as a hearing.

Since the start of the 2008-09 season, only one player has been suspended for a slew foot. Evgeny Artyukhin earned a three-game banishment for an incident involving then-Dallas Stars defenseman Matt Niskane back in 2009.

Three players earned fines last year: Erik Cole, Brad Marchand, and Alexander Bolduc.

In 14 games this season, Giordano has scored one goal to go with two assists while playing 23 minutes a night.

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