It didn’t take long after Kurtis Gabriel’s return to the Sharks' lineup for him to get in an altercation, and the NHL will make him pay for it.
Gabriel has been fined $3,017.24 by the NHL, which according to the league, is the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Sharks head coach Bob Boughner also was fined $5,000. The Sharks as a whole were given a $25,000 fine which “will be collected, in addition to any subsequent discipline, in the event of similar inappropriate behavior through March 22, 2022,” the league said in a statement.
Gabriel cross-checked Los Angeles Kings’ Kurtis MacDermid ahead of San Jose’s 2-1 win on Monday, and shortly after, the two dropped gloves in the first period.
Gabriel and MacDermid could be seen exchanging words prior to the game, so it appeared there was build-up before.
This is yet another instance where Gabriel was jawing off with an opponent prior to the contest.
All of the fines issued will go toward the NHL Foundation.