The New York Rangers found out the cost for speaking truth to power and it’s $250,000. In a statement released by the NHL.
“Public comments of the nature issued by the Rangers that were personal in nature and demeaning of a League executive will not be tolerated,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “While we don’t expect our Clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the Department of Player Safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable. It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role and the Department of Player Safety.”
New York Rangers fined for Statement
The New York Rangers issued one of the sternest statements with regards to the Tom Wilson incident. After Mika Zibanejad called what he did last night, “horrible.” Ryan Strome expressed his disappointment with the $5000 fine and no suspension.
“As players, you want the league to have your back in those situations, and I think a lot of guys in our dressing room just feel like they didn’t,” he explained. A disappointed David Quinn noted that, “there was an awful lot there to suspend [Wilson].”
What Quinn is talking about is Wilson sucker punching Pavel Buchnevich which the NHL DoPS called roughing and fined him for. What was ignored was him rag dolling and slamming Artemi Panarin’s head to the ice causing him to get injured and out for the year.
New York Rangers statement on Tom Wilson and NHL DoPS
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.