SAN JOSE -- The NHL has fined Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic $8,378 for his role in a stick-swinging incident with former teammate Dany Heatley at the end of San Jose's 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

Heatley suffered a shoulder injury in a heated exchange with Vlasic, but the league said that damage occurred when the Wild forward fell to the ice afterward and was not a direct result of the slash.

"It was bad, it got nasty at the end," Vlasic said Thursday. "I never want to injure a guy or see a guy injured even if it was in the tussle at the end. Heater's a great player. It's very unfortunate."

The league's department of player safety held a phone hearing before handing down its ruling. Because Vlasic was a first-time offender, the maximum he could be fined was the whichever was less, one-half of his daily salary or $10,000.



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