NHL fines Red Wings for article comments

The National Hockey League fined the Detroit Red Wings an undisclosed amount on Saturday in the wake of an article published earlier in the week which included critical comments about commissioner Gary Bettman.

The comments, made by Red Wings senior vice president Jim Devellano, were published in Island Sports News on Thursday. According to TSN of Canada, the fine is approximately $250,000.

"The Detroit Red Wings' organization and the League agree that the comments made by Mr. Devellano are neither appropriate, nor authorized, nor permissible under the League's By-Laws," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "Such comments are neither constructive nor helpful to the negotiations."

Devellano, 69, served as general manager of the Red Wings from 1982-90 and 1994-97, remaining in the club's front office since then. Prior to that, the Toronto native served as director of scouting and assistant GM for the New York Islanders, helping mold the dynasty which won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980-83.