The NHL has announced a $250,000 fine for the Rangers based upon Tuesday’s statement about Tom Wilson and George Parros.
From 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.”
On Tuesday the Rangers released a statement that closed with, “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.”
It has since been reported that this statement came from Rangers owner James Dolan and that former President John Davidson and former GM Jeff Gorton were not in support of it.
Adam Rotter: If I’m being honest, I think the Rangers got off pretty light with this. $250,000 is quite a big fine but one the Rangers can easily pay. Some around the league that that the minimum was going to $500,000 and that that number would act as a real deterrent against teams doing anything like this again, but $250,000 it is.
I had been worried that the league might also take away a draft pick or two, but luckily for them it’s just a fine. Ultimately though, we don’t know if the Rangers will be passive aggressively punished because of their statement and if the league will come down a little harder on them in situations going forward.