Detroit Red Wings VP Jim Devellano was fined $250,000 for comments made about the NHL lockout. The NHL released the following in regards to the comments Devellano made to Island Sports News' Scott Harrigan:
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. Such comments are neither constructive nor helpful to the negotiations.
The interview in question with ISN can be found in full here. The following comment would seem the most likely to have angered Bill Daly and the NHL (via ISN):
I'll make a suggestion Scott. Let the players take 43% and let the owners take 57%. Just reverse it from where it is now and let the owners run the rest of their business and manage their expenses. Now keep in mind this time around it's not just revenue sharing that is the issue. There are many, many more components at play here, from entry level contracts, years of service, insurance, etc. I mean a whole bucket load of disputes that are just as important for the owners to need to get a fair deal done.
While those comments on the negotiations probably led to the hefty fine, the following comment seems to have angered the NHL and many of its fans as well (via ISN):
It's very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, but having said that, I will tell you this: The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That's the way its always been and that the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren't going to let a union push them around. It's not going to happen.
The NHL clearly wants to keep their teams from making comments such as these to the media, and the hefty fine that Devellano will now be paying should serve as a reminder to other executives not to discuss the negotiations going forward.