Ron MacLean and Kevin Bieksa Fire Shots at the NHL Department of Player Safety

Published November 26, 2023 at 5:32 PM

After Jacob Trouba's aggressive slash during an NHL game, Ron MacLean and Kevin Bieksa criticized the league's lenient response.

Trouba Receives Maximum Fine for Harsh Slash on Frederic

In a game between the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins, Rangers' Jacob Trouba harshly slashed Trent Frederic of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Trouba raised his stick to about hip height and struck Frederic on the head.

nah cuz ??? what? was this??? is trent good? i absolutely hated that

The dangerous act, overlooked in the game, led the NHL's Player Safety division to impose a mere $5,000 fine on Trouba.

NY Rangers' Jacob Trouba has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for High-sticking Boston's Trent Frederic.

MacLean, Bieksa, and Fans Criticize Player Safety's Minimal Fine on Trouba

This fine drew immediate criticism, notably from Ron MacLean and Kevin Bieksa of Hockey Night in Canada. They expressed disbelief at the leniency shown.

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

"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."

Fans also expressed their disapproval on social media.

The NHL Player Safety's decision continues a trend of inconsistent penalties, a subject of long-standing criticism.

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Ron MacLean and Kevin Bieksa Fire Shots at the NHL Department of Player Safety

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