Nashville defenseman Shea Weber was fined $2,500 for smashing Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass in Game 1. Weber’s salary this season is $7,500,000. The $2,500 fine (which apparently is the maximum player fine allowed by the CBA) represents .033% of his salary. Let’s say I make $50K a year; an equivalent fine would be $16.50, or roughly the cost of an IMAX ticket. Now, if the ticket was for Avatar, that’s a pretty serious punishment, but otherwise, that’s not really sending a message of deterrence. I once got a $50 parking ticket for not curbing my wheels on a hill; is that really three times worse than what Weber did?
In short, the NHL is serious about player safety, but not as serious as the SFMTA is about parking with your wheels turned.
(photo: Sanford Myers, The Tennessean)