Safe to say the New York Rangers are not happy with the NHL and its Department of Player Safety for their handling of Tom Wilson.
We’re sure you know by now, but the Washington Capitals forward only was fined $5,000 for punching Pavel Buchnevich while he was defenseless on the ice during Monday’s game against the New York Rangers. Wilson later pulled Artemi Panarin to the ground by his hair, which resulted in an injury that will keep the Rangers star forward out for the remainder of the season.
Well, the Rangers took it one step forward and released a statement Tuesday expressing their disgust with the NHL for not suspending Wilson for his “act of violence.”
Read it in full below:
The New York Rangers are extremely disappointed that Capitals forward Tom Wilson was not suspended his horrific act of violence last night at Madison Square Garden. Wilson is a repeat offender with a long history of these types of acts and we find it shocking that the NHL and their Department of Player Safety failed to take the appropriate action and suspend him indefinitely. Wilson’s dangerous and reckless actions caused an injury to Artemi Panarin that will prevent him from playing again this season. We view this as a dereliction of duty by NHL head of player safety, George Parros, and believe he is unfit to continue in his current role.
It certainly is asinine that Wilson, a repeat offender and reckless player who was suspended as early as March for concussing Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, only was slapped with a fine. He’ll never change his ways when all he continues to get is a slap on the wrist for intentionally hurting players.
The Rangers won’t be making the playoffs, but Wilson still will be able to play the remainder of the season, and however far the Capitals get into the postseason (assuming he doesn’t get into trouble again, but that’s a bold ask,) while Panarin recovers from an injury he shouldn’t have in the first place.
The two teams once again Wednesday night, and we’re sure the blood will be boiling.