The NHL remained silent on this statement until Thursday, when it announced that it had fined the Rangers $ 250,000.
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– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 6, 2021
The statement reads as follows:
The National Hockey League announced today that the New York Rangers were fined $ 250,000 for their public comments on Tuesday, May 4.
“Public comments of the nature of the Rangers that were personal in nature and demeaning a league leader will not be tolerated,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “While we didn’t expect our clubs to agree with every decision made by the Player Safety Department, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable. It is woefully unfair to question the professionalism and dedication of George Parros to his role and to the player safety department.
The original Rangers statement read:
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. 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. Wilson’s dangerous and reckless actions resulted in an injury to Artemi Panarin that 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 is unfit to continue in his current role.
The Rangers fired team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton on Wednesday, but sources say they were not involved in the release of the statement and it came from the office of owner James Dolan .