The $10,000 fine is the maximum amount allowed by the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players Association.
Getzlaf was caught by television cameras yelling a homophobic slur at a referee in overtime, then moments later on the bench, though there was no audio of the incident.
NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell had this to say in the NHL’s statement on Getzlaf’s fine.
"Getzlaf's comment in Thursday's game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable. The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League."
While the NHL clearly deems the comments made by Getzlaf “unacceptable”, it’s hard to understand why the league didn’t suspend him for an integral Game 5 to send a message. As Chicago beat writer Mark Lazerus put it so succinctly, there should be no sliding scale on the treatment of homophobic behavior in the NHL.
The incident also comes on the heels of the completion of Hockey is for Everyone month back in February.
Getzlaf had this to say on the incident after the Ducks loss on Saturday.
Getzlaf addressed his fine after the game. Said he took responsibility for using vulgar language but said he was 'disappointed' in (more— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) May 21, 2017
interpretations that it was a homophobic slur. 'I didn’t mean it in that manner in any way.' Said it wasn't directed at 1 specific person.— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) May 21, 2017