Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust is $5,000 lighter in the wallet after the NHL fined him for comments he made about referee Brad Watson after his team’s 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.
Prust had 31 penalty minutes in that game.
Even his own coach was unhappy with Prust going public with comments made during the game.
“I’m old school with those things,” Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien told reporters Monday, via the Canadian Press. “I’m a true believer that what’s in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room, what’s on the ice and comments should stay on the ice. And we’ll take care of that internally.”
Whatever punishment or conversation that took place within the team is obviously private, but the league made Prust’s punishment public on Tuesday.
“Prust’s post-game comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the League has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management,” NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said.
Prust told reporters he wished he could take back what he said, citing emotion as the cause for making the comments in the first place.