Rangers finally respond to Tom Wilson’s uncalled for attack
Once again, Washington Capitals right-winger Tom Wilson finds himself in the midst of a major controversy. Although such a notion hardly comes as a surprise at this point in his professional playing career given his previous track record, Wilson’s most recent antics have not only the New York Rangers but seemingly the entire NHL landscape, up in arms.
With Wilson being fined just $5,000, albeit the maximum allowable under the NHL’s current collective bargaining agreement, for his dirty play against the Rangers on Monday evening, the fact that the veteran winger avoided a suspension of any kind forced New York to release a formal statement on Tuesday.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 4, 2021
While the Rangers are obviously upset regarding the league’s decision not to suspension Wilson, the epitome of a repeat offender, New York took things one step further on Tuesday by stating that the Head of NHL Department of Player Safety George Parros is “unfit to continue in his current role.”
Washington’s Tom Wilson has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Roughing NY Rangers’ Pavel Buchnevich.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 4, 2021
Wilson initially shoved the face of Rangers right-winger Pavel Buchnevich into the ice while he was lying face down following a play around the net. Once Rangers forward and All-Star Artemiy Panarin saw what was occurring, he then got into with Wilson. Instead of the usual pushing and shoving, though, Wilson took things a step further and slammed Panarin onto the ice in some seriously violent fashion.
Although Tom Wilson was penalized for this display of violence, he did not receive a game misconduct and was ultimately allowed to return to the ice. On the other hand, it has since been announced that Panarin will miss the final three games of the 2020-21 regular season due to a lower-body injury sustained during the melee.