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Maurice: Trouba 'won't be able to eat' after $5K fine

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Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice clearly has no sympathy for the modest dent that was put into Jacob Trouba's wallet on Monday.

The New York Rangers captain was fined $5,000 - the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement - for elbowing Panthers forward Evan Rodrigues in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

"Take the hat, pass it around. Poor lad, poor Jake. He won't be able to eat," Maurice joked while speaking with reporters.

Maurice coached Trouba for six seasons with the Winnipeg Jets.

A $5,000 fine for Trouba, who makes $8 million per season, is equivalent to someone with a $100,000 salary getting fined about $62.50 - so roughly a parking ticket.

Officials reviewed the play for a major penalty but ultimately handed Trouba a minor for elbowing.

Rodrigues was able to stay in the game.

Trouba has been under the microscope for several questionable hits in his 11-year career, but the defenseman has only been suspended twice. This marks the third time he's been fined.

The Rangers won their second straight game in overtime Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead.

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