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Rinaldo on his slew foot: “Someone had to stir the pot”

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Zac Rinaldo #36 of the Philadelphia Flyers warms up before the game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on December 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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It looks like we might have to get Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo a rule book.

Rinaldo was fined $5000 for separate incidents in yesterday’s loss to the Devils including a slew foot on Devils captain Zach Parise. Rinaldo tells ESPN New York’s Katie Strang that his motivation for slew footing Parise was pretty simple.

“The slew-foot really shouldn’t be in the game but 6-nothing we were down and someone had to stir the pot,” Rinaldo said.

It used to be that you could stir the pot by face washing a player, giving them a couple whacks with your stick after the whistle, or saying something unkind about their family.

Brendan Shanahan will get some grief from Devils fans and others for not suspending Rinaldo, but he’s remained consistent when it’s come to punishing (or not punishing) slew foots this year. Just ask P.K. Subban who was fined once and escaped punishment this year for such instances.