2020-21 Rangers, Tom Wilson Situation

Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson reached out to Artemi Panarin

6:35PM: Darren Dreger said on TSN that both Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson reached out to Artemi Panrin following Wilson’s altercation with Panarin on Monday.

Dreger said “Tom Wilson and Alex Ovehkin both reached out to Artemi Panarin just to make sure he was okay after Monday’s collection of incidents. This isn’t unusual and despite what some think of Tom Wilson, he did want to make sure that Panarin was okay because that did not go the way that Wilson was hoping. Both guys checked in on Artemi Panarin to make sure that he’s and it sounds like he will be fine, but evidence that villain of the week, does in fact have a heart.”

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Tom Wilson Situation

Rangers fined $250,000 by NHL for Tuesday’s statement

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.”

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2020-21 Rangers, Tom Wilson Situation

What David Quinn said after the loss to Washington

David Quinn met with the media following the Rangers loss to Washington and said (NYR):

  • On the start of the game and did guys volunteer for it, “If they did I didn’t know about it. When something like that happens it certainly speaks volumes about how these guys want to play for each other and care for each other in difficult circumstances. We all saw what happened the other night, no one is happy about it and I couldn’t be more prouder of these guys.”

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2020-21 Rangers, Tom Wilson Situation

The Rangers statement on Tom Wilson not being suspended

The Rangers have released the following statement after Tom Wilson was only fined and not suspended after last night:

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.

Parros has been part of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety since 2016 and was promoted to Head of Player Safety in 2017.

EJ Hradek said on NHL Now earlier today that he spoke with George Parros and that while Parros didn’t “like” what Wilson did to Panarin. “they weren’t sure what they could suspend him for in that particular situation.”

Wilson was fined $5,000 for punching Pavel Buchnevich, not for his incident with Artemi Panarin.

David Quinn said today that “a line was crossed” and that the organization believed Wilson should have been suspended.

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2020-21 Rangers, Tom Wilson Situation

What David Quinn said on Tuesday

David Quinn met with the media following practice today and said (NYR):

On responding to Wilson and holding him accountable, “We’ve talked about it as a team this morning, it’s something that we talked about, the fact is that we have to protect each other, we’ve gotta stick by each other, which I thought we did last night. There are different ways to do it, the way we are built, it’s not going to be a brawling situation for sure, that being said we can play hard and protect each other and that is what we have to to do.”

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