Washington Capitals wing Tom Wilson was at it again last night with the dirty play. During a game against the Rangers, Wilson punched a defenseless Pavel Buchnevich during a scrum in front of the net. He then grabbed Artemi Panarin by the hair, and flung him down to the ice like a rag-doll.
Tom Wilson Was At It Again With The Bulls**t On Monday https://t.co/qp7hmKZgI1
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) May 4, 2021
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Fans, players, and media members were calling for the league to finally give Tom Wilson a significant suspension. But instead, the NHL opted to slap Wilson with the maximum $5,000 fine, yet again.
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, 2021
Fans are outraged that Wilson won’t even be given a suspension, being as he is a repeat offender.
FINED? FINED? Tip money for potentially killing a player? A multiple repeat offender who is as predatory a player as any who has skated in the NHL for decades? It only lists Buchnevich. Is there further punishment for what he did to Panarin? NHL credibility is at stake. https://t.co/8BWQwNj2MV
— Howie Rose (@HowieRose) May 4, 2021
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) May 4, 2021
— Alexandre Mineault-G (@AMineaultG) May 4, 2021
That’s one way to handle a player’s dangerous and reckless actions. That will deter him from doing it again. Very fair that he gets minimal consequences when the player he injured is done for the year. https://t.co/cziXFBmwIn
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 4, 2021
That's fucking it?! Are you fucking joking ? A FUCKING SUPERSTAR PLAYER FOR ONE OF THE BIGGEST TEAMS IN THE LEAGE IS OUT FOR THE SEASON AND YOU FUCCKING FINE HIM. @NHL @NHLPlayerSafety you're both a fucking joke. https://t.co/9cH5slRUhd
— MacDaddy™️ (@MacDadddy95) May 4, 2021
I cannot defend this one. I cannot fathom only fining him. This is a terrible message to send. https://t.co/HKWHf29tdN
— The Hockey Guy (THG) (@thgofyoutube) May 4, 2021
— Jesse Singer (@_jessesinger) May 4, 2021
The NHL is seriously broken. https://t.co/4OxcwnzXps
— Rick Carpiniello (@RickCarpiniello) May 4, 2021
This is comical https://t.co/Kj9bpEqnS1
— Evan Roberts (@EvanRobertsWFAN) May 4, 2021
$5,000 for that weird psychotic temper tantrum. Good call here, I think it’s better to wait until he breaks someone’s neck to give any games. I’ll tweet you guys next time when the next incident happens. Talk soon. https://t.co/qcLWd1jCqI
— big heatdaddy (@DanyAllstar15) May 4, 2021
Wilson body slammed a player by grabbing his hair & driving him into the ice & punched a guy who was defenseless while Wilson’s stick was around his opponent’s head/neck area. If the @NHL actually cared about player safety, there’d be a suspension, not Wilson writing a check #NYR https://t.co/niMLienvb7
— Zak (@Zak4B) May 4, 2021
Once again, Tom Wilson gets off easy for being a completely reckless, dangerous, scumbag.
What is it going to take for the NHL to give a large penalty to Tom Wilson?