Rinaldo "surprised" by fines

February, 5, 2012
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The league fined Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo $5,000 -- $2,500 for two separate incidents -- following the Devils' 6-4 win over the Flyers Saturday.

Rinaldo was fined for a late hit on Devils center Jacob Josefson at 12:51 of the second period and a slew-foot on Devils captain Zach Parise after the whistle at 11:38 of the third.

"I was surprised, definitely, to be fined, but I have a good deal of respect for [league disciplinarian] Brendan Shanahan," Rinaldo told ESPNNewYork.com Sunday morning. "It comes with my style of play. As long as it's not a suspension, I'm fine with it."

Rinaldo's hit on Josefson earned him a minor interference penalty, but the slew-foot on Parise, which the league deemed "a dangerous trip," received no call.

"The slew-foot really shouldn't be in the game but 6-nothing we were down and someone had to stir the pot," Rinaldo said.

The 21-year-old forward said he realizes the effort being made to clean up the game and found the conversation with Shanahan helpful.

"Realistically, I don't think I deserved the fines, but in this day and age with the league the way it is, I have to agree with it."
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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