The New York Rangers were not pleased with the decision from the Department of Player Safety this morning. The league decided not to suspend Tom Wilson after the incident in last night’s game, and the Rangers have released a statement in response:
The New York Rangers are extremely disappointed that Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson was not suspended for his horrifying act of violence last night at Madison Square Garden. Wilson is a repeat offender with a long history of these type 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.
Parros has been with the DoPS since 2016 and took over as head of it in 2017. He has been routinely criticized for an inconsistent approach, but this is the first time a team has publicly called for his dismissal.
Wilson, who was suspended earlier this season for seven games, was given a $5,000 fine for roughing Rangers’ forward Pavel Buchnevich. The league has still not released any information or decision about the rest of the incident, which resulted in Panarin’s injury. Emily Kaplan of ESPN reported that the league saw everything after the Bunchnevich punch as “two guys wrestling, which happens every night.”
The Rangers announced this morning that Panarin would not play again this season after suffering a lower-body injury in the melee. The team has three games remaining and will finish their regular season schedule on Saturday. Tomorrow night, the Rangers and Capitals are set to face off again.
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