Wilson’s fine is for brutalizing Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich, according to the league. Wilson is in the third year of a six-year, $ 31 million contract and will earn $ 4.1 million in salary this season, according to CapFriendly.com.
The discipline comes after Wilson was suspended for seven games for a hitting against Boston’s Brandon Carlo in March. He has been suspended five times and fined three times in his eight-year career.
The incident under the microscope this time came in the second period of Washington’s 6-3 victory. After Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek made a save and froze the puck, Buchnevich fell on the ice as he searched for a rebound. As Buchnevich lay face down, Wilson hit him on the back of the head, sparking a brawl between the two teams.
Rangers star Artemi Panarin attempted to pull Wilson off Buchnevich, to which Wilson responded by slamming Panarin on the ice. Panarin left the game with a lower body injury and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports he will miss Rangers’ last three games as a result.
Wilson was given four minutes for brutality and 10 minutes misconduct for his action, then returned to the game and scored a goal. Buchnevich and Panarin were each given two minutes for the draft.
The incident sparked a wide range of discussions about player safety and Wilson’s repeated social media breaches and after the game both teams had a lot to say on these topics as well.
“I thought you should have a little more respect for the game and for the players,” Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad said after the game. “Honestly, I don’t know where to start. It’s just that there is no respect. I don’t know why I’m surprised, just awful. “
“I thought it was just a scrum, like a physical game,” countered Capitals coach Peter Laviolette. “There was something going on originally with the goalie and they played against the goalie and a bunch of players went into that. This happens often.
The Capitals, who already clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Division, have four games to go, including a rematch with the Rangers on Wednesday.
The money from the fine will go to the players’ emergency fund.