SAN JOSE -- The NHL has fined the Sharks $100,000 for general manager Doug Wilson's statement Friday that criticized the series-long suspension of forward Raffi Torres for a hit that injured Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll.

The league announced Saturday that $25,000 of that fine is for violating rules that ban any comment on a disciplinary decision for 48 hours while it can still be appealed. The other $75,000 is for "the inappropriate nature of the comments."

The 48-hour ban was spelled out in a memorandum issued to all clubs right at the start of the lockout-delayed 2013 season, according to an NHL press release.

NHL director of public safety Brendan Shanahan ruled Thursday that the Torres hit violated the league rule that prohibits targeting the head. Factoring in Torres's previous three suspensions, Shanahan ruled he could not play the rest of the second-round series against the Los Angeles Kings.

On Friday, Wilson issued a statement detailing his objections to Shanahan's interpretation of the rules and assessment of the Torres hit.

"The Sharks organization fully supports the NHL in its efforts to remove illegal and dangerous hits from the game," Wilson said, "but we strongly disagree with the NHL's decision to suspend Raffi Torres."


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The league, Wilson said, was "trying to make an example out of a player who is being judged on past events, one who has changed his game dramatically this season" as well as wrongly applying Rule 48.1.

"We are proud of the work Raffi has put in to successfully adjust his game," Wilson said. "Although it's unfortunate that Jarret was injured on the play, we feel this decision is grossly unfair to the Raffi, his teammates and our fans."

A Sharks spokesman said the team would not comment on the fine.