The NHL added two more names to its public list of embellishers Wednesday, and although Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist and Florida’s Vincent Trocheck were the punished, they weren’t the first this season and won’t be the last.
Red Wings right winger Gustav Nyquist and Panthers center Vincent Trocheck were named Wednesday to the NHL’s public diving list, with each player receiving $2,000 fines and their first official citation under the league’s crackdown on embellishment.
Both Trocheck and Nyquist had been issued embellishment warnings – in the former’s case, after a Dec. 12 game; in the latter’s, following a Nov. 28 game – and if they’re judged by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to have reoffended, each subsequent fine will increase by $1,000 until they reach the maximum $5,000 limit. However, after their third offense, the coach of each player would also begin to be fined ($2,000 for the player’s fourth offense, and rising on the same sliding scale to a maximum of $5,000).
Nyquist and Trocheck aren’t the first players to be publicly called out this season; that dubious distinction went to Predators winger James Neal in mid-December. But they almost certainly won’t be the last to be identified as envelope-overpushers. The reason the NHL instituted new regulations on diving was because it had become troublingly prevalent, and although only three players have been named through the first half of the season, the league’s warning system may be doing its job – letting NHLers know they’re being watched – and removing such embarrassing behavior from the game.