NHL fines Bruins’ Brad Marchand maximum $10K for ‘dangerous trip’

Bruins All-Star winger and serial offender Brad Marchand has been fined $10,000 for a dangerous trip on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced the fine Thursday. It’s the maximum amount allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

The incident occurred at the 12:27 mark of the first period during Boston’s 4-3 overtime win over the Red Wings on Tuesday. Marchand wasn’t penalized, and Kronwall remained in the game, but an NHL review deemed the play a dangerous trip worthy of a max fine but not suspension after meeting with Marchand earlier Thursday.

We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today, general manager Jim Benning said in a release. It’s been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future. We’re grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success.

Vancouver missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season and finished last in the Pacific Division after dropping its last eight games.

Desjardins, 60, got off to a promising start in Vancouver after replacing John Tortorella, leading the team to a first-round playoff appearance in 2014-15, but has failed to keep the momentum going as the Canucks worked to rebuild the organization. Desjardins ends his tenure with a 109-110-27 record.

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