When James Neal was acquired in the offseason, questions about his character and style of play dominated the media narratives. For the first time, Predators fans get an front seat view of why.
NHL announces James Neal fined $2,000 for diving. That is the first public fine.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December">https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/545340406695997442">December 17, 2014
Here's the dive.
Yeah, really hard to defend that one. That's about as blatant as it gets. Unless Neal was practicing his cannonballs for when they got back to the hotel pool later.
This isn't the first time he's been in the embellishment talk this season, either.
#Predshttps://twitter.com/hashtag/Preds?src=hash">#Preds> James Neal fined $2,000 for embellishment. Was given a warning after the 11/13 game at STL. Fine comes after 12/13 game at SJS— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) December">https://twitter.com/kmartel_sports/status/545341155177947137">December 17, 2014
So if this keeps happening, Peter Laviolette is going to be getting fined.
Bad Heel. Bad.