MacLean, Bieksa call out NHL's response to Trouba incident.

A pair of big personalities in the National Hockey League are questioning the decisions of NHL Player Safety.

Jonathan Larrivee
Jonathan Larrivee
Published 4 months ago
MacLean, Bieksa call out NHL's response to Trouba incident.

The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety came down quickly on New York Rangers captain Jacob Trouba on Saturday, but it is clear that many feel the NHL did not do a good enough job when it comes to protecting its players in regards to this specific incident.

For those of you who missed it, Trouba took what can only be described as a baseball-like swing with his stick at the head of Boston Bruins forward Trent Frederic during an afternoon matchup between the Bruins and Rangers on Saturday.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety subsequently responded by quickly issuing Trouba a $5,000 fine for high-sticking, here's a look at the replay of the incident:

Following the decision to fine Trouba, NHL personalities Ron MacLean and Kevin Bieksa of Hockey Night in Canada discussed the issue on the broadcast and it was clear that both men felt that justice had not been served in this incident.

Maclean openly questioned how this could only lead to a fine on the part of the NHL.

"That's unbelievable, how can that only be a $5,000 fine?" asked McLean during the broadcast.

Bieksa's description of events made his feelings about Trouba's caveman-like swing pretty clear.

"Jacob Trouba Fred Flintstone's Trent Frederic with a bit of a follow through," said Bieksa. "The Rangers won this game but we will probably be talking about the Trouba Fred Flintstone for a while.

It seemed as though former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey also agreed with those takes, simply chiming in with a loud "Right!" as his co-hosts expressed their opinions.

Do you agree with these veteran voices of the NHL? Or Did the NHL get it right with the $5,000 fine?

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