The NHL and NHL Player Safety gave longtime Capitals instigator Tom Wilson yet another inconsequential slap on the wrist within the kind a $5,000 superb for his barbaric behavior in opposition to the Rangers Monday night time – and the Blueshirts really feel betrayed.
So a lot in order that the group launched a scathing assertion on Tuesday, expressing how livid it’s with Wilson’s mild punishment and asserting that NHL head of participant security, George Parros, is “unfit to continue in his current role.”
“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,” the staff assertion learn. “Wilson is a repeat offender with a protracted historical past of these kind of acts and we discover it stunning that they NHL and their division of participant security did not take the suitable motion and droop him indefinitely. Wilson’s harmful and reckless actions precipitated an damage to Artemi Panarin that can stop him from taking part in once more 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.”
Between drilling a defenseless Pavel Buchnevich additional into the ice and then ravaging a helmet-less Panarin, which formally ended the star winger’s season, the Rangers clearly felt there was greater than sufficient proof for Wilson to be suspended.
Instead, Wilson was hit with a meager charge, the utmost allowable below the CBA, for “roughing” Buchnevich – which equates to roughly .000967 p.c of his $5,166,666 wage he’s due this season.
“I just think it’s a joke, to be honest with you,” mentioned Ryan Strome, who was half of the tussle. “I do know it’s not my accountability to make selections, however I simply can’t consider that. I believe it sends a foul message, for my part. I believe everybody just about agrees with that. I simply assume that the league missed one right here massive time.
“It’s unfortunate, our best player is out for the rest of the year. It’s just an unfortunate incident that had nothing to do with the play, or the game of hockey. I think that’s kind of where the big issue is.”
Strome, typically a voice of cause for the Rangers, made a degree to spotlight that Wilson is a talented participant who can produce within the league, however that he crossed a line. Strome then turned his consideration to the NHL and didn’t mince his phrases.
“As players, you want the league to have your back in those situations,” he mentioned. “I think a lot of guys in our dressing room just feel like they didn’t.”
Head coach David Quinn additionally condemned the league’s lack of self-discipline for Wilson, saying the Rangers as a corporation had been “disappointed” and that they thought what transpired “warranted a suspension.”
As for how he expects the Rangers to reply in Thursday’s rematch with the Capitals, Quinn mentioned he is aware of what he’ll see from his staff.
“We’ve talked about it as a team this morning,” he mentioned. “The fact is, we’ve got to protect each other. We’ve got to stick by each other, which is what we did last night. There’s different ways to do it. The way we’re built, it’s not going to be a brawling situation, for sure. But that being said, we can play hard and protect each other and that’s what we have to do.”
Quinn wouldn’t expose his philosophy on holding gamers accountable if the league gained’t. But the Rangers have two remembers remaining with three video games left of their season, and the very participant who may add some much-needed grit to the lineup is at present with the staff’s AHL affiliate in Hartford.
His identify is Mason Geertsen, a 6-foot-4, 216-pound defensemen who has 43 penalty minutes in 18 AHL video games this season, and had 109 in 60 video games final yr. In truth, he had a aim within the Wolf Pack’s recreation in opposition to the Islanders’ Bridgeport Sound Tigers Tuesday.
Asked if a call-up was on the desk, Quinn was noncommittal.
“We’ve talked about a lot of different scenarios,” he mentioned.