Canucks fined for violating public comments rule

5:20 p.m. EDT June 28, 2016

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The NHL has fined the Vancouver Canucks $50,000 after general manager Jim Benning mentioned specific players who are under contract by other teams that the Canucks might be interested in.

Benning noted the Canucks’ interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos last week during a radio interview before the NHL draft in Buffalo, New York.

“Canucks General Manager Jim Benning violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in players under contract to other NHL Clubs,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

NHL rules bar teams from discussing their interest in players who are under contract. The one exception is during a window of opportunity that opened on Saturday, when all teams are allowed to contact pending free agents, but not allowed to sign them until July 1.

Benning spoke…

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