Tom Wilson of Washington was fined $ 5,000 on Tuesday night by the NHL in Madison Square Garden to New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchaniewicz in a teams game.
The penalty for the incident is the maximum permissible under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players. Wilson’s salary this season is $ 4.1 million.
Wilson was given a rogue after a double-minor penalty for Ruffing and 10 minutes of misconduct in which he threw Buchaniewicz, who was punching down the ice, and Artemi Panarin into the ice. Panarin was kept out of the rest of the game due to an injury to the lower half of the team.
“I felt it was just a play, like a physical play,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “There was basically something going on with the goalie and they were going to the goalkeeper and a bunch of players jumped in there. It happens a lot.”
Rangers coach David Quinn said Panarin was fine and added to Wilson: “It happens to him time and time again. This is completely unnecessary. “
“I think you should have some more respect for the game and for the players,” Rangers center Micah Jibnazad said of Wilson’s game. “I honestly don’t know where to start. It’s just terrible. Zero respect. I don’t know why I’m surprised, but yes, just terrible.”
This is Wilson’s third penalty in eight NHL seasons, and he has been suspended five times. The most recent suspension was for seven games for riding in Granthshala’s Brandon Carlo in March.
While suspending him for a hit on Carlo, the league’s player safety department called Wilson “a player who takes advantage of a player with a disciplinary record, who is in a defensive position and doing so with significant force . ” He is not expected to face any more discipline for his actions on Monday night.
Wilson had a clean record of the past 2 1/2 years, leading the head of St. Louis forward Oscar Sunderkvist to a 20-game suspension in the fall of 2018 for illegal checks. It initially fined $ 1.26 million, and it was reduced to 14 games by an independent arbitrator after an appeal, though Wilson had already served 17 games.