New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo has been fined $2,217.74 on Thursday for his trip on Nashville Predators defenceman Seth Jones. It’s the first fine of the season from the NHL’s player safety department and the maximum fine allowable under the current collective bargaining agreement.
The incident took place on Tuesday during Nashville’s 3-1 victory over New Jersey, with Tootoo dealt a tripping minor penalty on the play at 7:55 of the third period.
According to the current CBA, “players may be fined up to 50 percent of one day’s average salary without exceeding $10,000 for the first fine and $15,000 for any subsequent fines within a 12 month calendar period.”
As usual, any money from fines goes into the players’ emergency assistance fund.
It’s hard to argue with too much here. The play did look dangerous given the way Jones landed and the position the player was in relative to the boards, but as “dangerous” plays go it’s also hard to argue there was any real intent apart from a battle for the puck.
The bigger story is perhaps the Devils, with the loss to Nashville another brick in the wall. They’re still searching for their first win of the season, going 0-3-0 so far and mustering just five goals with 11 goals against. They’re currently seventh in the Metropolitan Division and will face the San Jose Sharks on Friday as they seek out their first win.
As for Tootoo, he has a considerable disciplinary history with the NHL but this incident won’t really make the grade. He’s been suspended a number of times, but he’s actually been able to get a handle on his rougher edges. In 68 games with the Devils last season, Tootoo collected 10 goals and five assists with just 72 penalty minutes along the way.
And Jones has two assists in four games thus far this season. He’s been primed to explode for the Predators and looks on target to have a very nice year. Nashville currently sits second in the Central Division after a Thursday loss to the New York Islanders.