Don’t get me wrong, I love the physicality that the NHL brings. But some things are beyond what should be allowed in the NHL, and that includes Tom Wilson’s behavior last night against the New York Rangers.
After crosschecking Pavel Buchnevich, pinning his head to the ground, and REPEATEDLY punching him in the back of the head, Wilson then body slams, helmetless Artemi Panarin to the ice whilst grabbing him by the hair, ending Panarin’s season.
I have been watching hockey for a long time and I haven’t seen anything this stupid. Wilson has become a liability to every player that is on the ice with him.
He is unstable, overly aggressive, and flat-out dangerous.
But sadly the league doesn’t see it that way…
Washington’s Tom Wilson has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Roughing NY Rangers’ Pavel Buchnevich.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 4, 2021This is Wilsons second fine. And he has been suspended five times in his career.
What an absolute joke.
Many thought last night’s showcase would merit Wilson’s season-ending suspension, if not a career-ending suspension.
Many of us were wrong.
Since Tom Wilson joined the league, in 2013, he has racked up 333 penalties (regular season), 72 of them being majors. That adds up to 1,052 minutes, including 16 misconducts, and two match penalties in the regular season alone.
No player has been penalized more since Wilson joined the league.
In March of 2021, Wilson was suspended 7 games after a high hit to the Boston Bruins, Brandon Carlo;
In 2017, Wilson was suspended twice before the season began. He sat out 2 exhibition games after a huge hit on St. Louis Blues player Robert Thomas;
Only 8 days after that hit, still in exhibition, Wilson then receives a 4 game suspension for boarding the Blues’ Sam Blais;
The most memorable of Wilson’s transgressions for me was back in the 2018 Playoffs. First, there was the charging of Columbus Blue Jackets, Alexander Wennberg, (Game 1, Round 1). The Department of Player Safety could not determine whether or not Wennberg’s head was the point of contact so Wilson did not receive a hearing. In game-2 of the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wilson took Brian Dumoulin out of the game with a direct hit to the head;
Wilson avoided a hearing, yet again. Grrrrrrrrr
Then in Game 3, of the same series, Wilson breaks Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw with another hit to the head, leaving Zach broken and concussed;
(I am still angry about this)
Wilson did however receive a 3 game suspension for this. Enough? No, not at all.
During Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, Wilson took out Jonathan Marchessault with a hit that was well behind the play. No hearing was held. But that was quite the run for Wilson.
Oh, back in 2016, in Game 1 Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Wilson was fined $2,900 for a knee-on-knee hit with Penguins Conor Sheary;
The league needs to re-evaluate its Department of Player Safety because at this point, it is clear that the department does not care much about player safety. George Parros’ job should be called into question. He is not cutting it. The players are not safe and something needs to change. ASAP.
I am left feeling disgusted and concerned about the direction of the NHL and the safety of its players.