By Sally Fahey
The New York Rangers have been fined $250,000 by the NHL for calling for the firing of Department of Player Safety head George Parros after the NHL opted to fine but not suspend Caps forward Tom Wilson for altercations with New York forwards Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin on Monday night.
Wilson was given a $5,000 fine, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for punching Buchnevich in the head as he was flat on the ice. He wasn’t further penalized by the league for throwing down Panarin, which the Rangers said caused an injury that put their star winger out for their remaining games this season.
On Tuesday, the Rangers released a statement — which sources tell ESPN was commissioned by owner James Dolan himself — that cited Wilson for a “horrifying act of violence” and criticized the Dept. of Player Safety for failing to suspend him indefinitely. The statement went on to say that it was a “dereliction of duty” by Parros and that he is “unfit to continue in his current role” as senior vice president of player safety.