San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was fined 8,378.38 by the NHL on Monday for his role in an altercation with Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley at the end of Wednesday night's 4-2 Minnesota loss.
Heatley, who was injured on the play and could miss time, and Vlasic were battling near the goal when Vlasic cross-checked Heatley to the ice. Heatley got up and swung his stick at Vlasic, missing him. But the swing caused Vlasic to retaliate. Vlasic slashed Heatley across the arm and he drove Heatley to the ice. Vlasic was given a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing.
The total was the maximum Vlasic could be fined, based on the league rules that states as a first-time offender the maximum he could be fined was the lesser of 10,000 or one-half his daily salary. Vlasic was not suspended.
The report from the league said that in conversation with Heatley, the league was told his injury didn't come from Vlasic's slash, but the ensuing scrum.
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