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Published January 24, 2011
EVERYONE'S A CRITIC: The NHL on Friday fined Kings GM Dean Lombardi $50,000 for suggesting that NHL Senior VP/Hockey Operations Mike Murphy was "motivated by an anti-Kings bias in validating a controversial goal scored against the team during its 2-0 loss" to the Coyotes on Thursday. After the loss, an "irate Lombardi suggested Murphy had a grudge against the Kings," referring to Murphy's "upholding a decision to nullify an apparent Kings goal at Ottawa and Murphy's failed pursuit of a front-office job with the Kings." Lombardi said, "When the guy in Toronto making the decisions on the goals, in Ottawa and the one tonight, wanted the GM's job in L.A. and was not happy about not getting it, you have to assume you are going to get those type of calls." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "took issue with Lombardi's disparagement of Murphy." Bettman in a statement said, "People can disagree with a call by an official on the ice or an official in the Situation Room in Toronto, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Lombardi did" (L.A. TIMES, 1/22).