Artemi Panarin has to pay $ 5,000 – the maximum allowed under the collective agreement – for throwing his glove at Bruins winger Brad Marchand in the last seconds of the Rangers victory in Boston on Friday afternoon.
Panarin confirmed on Saturday that he was indeed provoked by Marchand’s Russia-related insults, commented the Star Rangers winger, who believes he has crossed a line.
“That’s why I lost my mind,” said Panarin.
Although it was widely reported, before Panarin confirmed it, that Marchand had deliberately raised the sensitive issue of Russian President Vladimir Putin – which Panarin had publicly criticized in the past – and claimed that no Russian liked Panarin, the NHL did not think about the pesky Bruin said all that was worthy of discipline.
Marchand was recorded for the ABC broadcast, The Post confirmed, but if the audio didn’t air it won’t be saved. Even if it were available for review, the NHL’s collective agreement protocol with the NHL Players Association prevents the league from reviewing the audio content for any reason related to a possible discipline.
The only way the NHLPA would ever allow players to wear microphones would be if they had that assurance.
In this specific case, a line judge stood directly between the benches during the change. Linesmen and umpires should report if they hear anything authorizing the NHL.
The Rangers clearly felt that there should have been consequences for Marchand, considering they asked the League to investigate his behavior, The Post’s Larry Brooks reported on Friday.
When asked if he thought Marchand should also be punished, Panarin said, in short, yes.
“Yeah, I think that’s not honest,” he said. “Because afterwards I just can’t control myself anymore. it is important, that [know] that I didn’t start I haven’t said anything good about him either, but I think if you touch country it’s different. Probably all Russians would want to defend their country.
“In the NHL, a lot of people say bad words at times. … [But] How do we want to be as humans? We must be good role models for children and for everyone. Because as athletes, a lot of people watch us. For the past maybe five or ten years trash talk has been pretty popular. But we have children [watching] who grow up and that’s really important. … I think a balance is important. ”
At this point, however, the Rangers certainly aren’t expecting player safety director George Parros to do them a favor. Parros is likely less inclined to give the Rangers a break after the organization issued a damning statement following his soft discipline from Tom Wilson last season calling Parros “unfit” to continue in his current role.
However, Panarin delivered exactly the punch line that makes the whole situation even more of a joke. No matter how many fines the League gives or doesn’t give, it never makes a difference. After all, what is $ 5,000 for an NHL player?
“I lost 5K, but thanks to the old general manager for $ 11.6″ [million]”I’m fine,” Panarin said with a smile.