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- Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL author.
The New York Rangers have called for the removal of George Parros, head of the NHL Department of Player Safety, following the league opted to not suspend Washington Capitals ahead Tom Wilson to get a set of events in a game Monday night.
Wilson was fined $5,000 by the NHL for punching Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich at the back of the head while he was facedown on the ice through the second period of their Capitals’ 6-3 win. Later, during a scrum between the teams, Wilson threw Rangers star forward Artemi Panarin to the ice.
“The New York Rangers are extremely disappointed that Capitals forward Tom Wilson wasn’t suspended for his horrifying act of violence last night in Madison Square Garden. Wilson is a repeat offender with a history of these kind of actions and we find it shocking that the NHL and their Department of Player Safety didn’t take the right actions and suspend him forever. Wilson’s dangerous and reckless activities caused a harm to Artemi Panarin which will stop him from playing this season,” the Rangers said in a statement.
The Rangers said Panarin suffered a lower-body injury that kept him out of the third period against Washington and ended his season with three games remaining. Wilson was given two minor roughing penalties and a 10-minute misconduct, but returned to the game in the third period to score a goal.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Wilson would not receive a hearing for the incident and was not penalized further for the altercation with Panarin.
“We view this as a dereliction of duty NHL Head of Player Safety, George Parros, and think he’s unfit to continue in his current role,” the Rangers said.
Parros succeeded Stephane Quintal as senior vice president of player safety in September of 2017. He played 474 games in the NHL as an enforcer for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens.