It appears George Parros has a soft spot for Tom Wilson.
The Washington Capitals bonehead has drawn the ire of NHL followers far and wide for his actions Monday against the New York Rangers — which included punching a defenseless Pavel Buchnevich from behind and bodyslamming a helmetless Artemi Panarin.
Well, it appears Parros, a former enforcer himself who now leads the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, didn’t even want to suspend Wilson back in March.
That, of course, was for hitting Brandon Carlo’s head into the boards, which sent the Boston Bruins defenseman to the hospital, gave him a concussion and kept him out for nearly a month.
“Parros, we’ve heard, didn’t even want to suspend Wilson for the brain-damaging assault on Boston’s Brandon Carlo, who suffered mood changes and blurry vision from his concussion after being hospitalized by Wilson in March,” The Athletic’s Rick Carpiniello wrote Tuesday. “(NHL commissioner Gary) Bettman didn’t like the optics and ordered a suspension. So Wilson got seven games. Before that, he wasn’t even considered a repeat offender, because the CBA erases priors after a certain period of time transpires. Just absurd.”