the Rangers of New York made a bold statement against the LNH player safety chief George Parros on Tuesday called him “unfit” for the post after the league gave Washington Capitals Police officer Tom Wilson has another slap on the wrist for Monday’s fierce brawl that left the Broadway Blueshirts without its best player.
Social media erupted on Tuesday after the league announced that Wilson, a repeat offender, would be fined $ 5,000 for Monday’s second period scrum which saw him strike a vulnerable Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the header before throwing star striker Artemi Panarin to the ground. and punch him in the head too.
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Head coach David Quinn said after the announcement that the team believed Wilson’s actions deserved a suspension, a sentiment that was shared by league players as well as fans.
“To me, anyone in hockey – certainly everyone in our organization – is very disappointed,” he said. “We certainly thought that warranted a suspension. We are really disappointed. A line was crossed: Guy did not have his helmet, vulnerable, he was injured. For me, it was a huge deal to put it on hold. “
But hours later, the Rangers took their discontent a step further by issuing an official statement calling Parros “unfit” for the post after such a glaring error in judgment.
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“The New York Rangers are extremely disappointed that Capitals forward Tom Wilson was not suspended for his horrific act of violence last night at Madison Square Garden,” the team statement began. “Wilson is a repeat offender with a long history of these types of acts and we find it shocking that the NHL and its player safety department did not take the appropriate action and are suspending him indefinitely. “
The statement continued: “Wilson’s dangerous and reckless actions have resulted in an injury to Artemi Panarin which will prevent him from playing again this season. We see this as a dereliction of duty from NHL Chief Safety Officer George Parros and believe he will continue in his current role. ”
The statement was widely praised, but there is no indication that the league intends to revisit the matter. The NHL did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Wednesday morning.
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Wilson received a double minor penalty for brutality and a 10-minute misconduct during the game. The fine is 0.12% of Wilson’s $ 4.1 million salary for this season.
This is his third fine in eight NHL seasons and he has been suspended five times. The most recent suspension was seven games in March to pick up Brandon Carlo from Boston.