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Video- Tom Wilson Fined

NEW YORK (May 4, 2021) – Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich during NHL Game No. 814 in New York on Monday, May 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 7:40 of the second period. Wilson was assessed two minor penalties for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


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Emily Kaplan tweet,

I understand why people are upset/confused over no suspension for Tom Wilson, but here’s how the Department of Player Safety saw it..

-The “fall” on Buchnevich isn’t much.
-The punch is what Wilson got fined for.
-Everything after? Two guys wrestling, which happens every night.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/04/21 at 11:13 AM ET


maybe in the WWE

Posted by akwingsfan on 05/04/21 at 11:43 AM ET


Personally I thought grabbing another player by the head and attempting to bounce it off the ice would be frowned upon but this morning i’ve found myself to be in the minority. Play on then I guess…


Posted by MZ2215 on 05/04/21 at 11:51 AM ET

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Just shameful. In addition to a suspension worthy body slam, he punched 3 players who were on the ice in vulnerable positions while he still had his gloves and helmet on. I’m done with this guy.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 05/04/21 at 12:30 PM ET

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David Quinn says Panarin done for the season, injury direct result of the Wilson incident.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/04/21 at 01:17 PM ET


Rangers are going to fight back. It will be a full on brawl like McCarty, which as much as enjoyed as a kid because it meant justice, should never have happened. Because McCarty happened, Todd Bertuzzi happened. Same thing, dire consequence. The NHL is perfectly content with someone dying on the ice in front of children. It will happen, it’s only a matter of time.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 05/04/21 at 01:32 PM ET

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This is a joke

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/04/21 at 01:34 PM ET


Only way the league and Wilson will learn is if
Rangers go all out to hurt Wilson.

Embarrass the league on a massive scale

Injure Wilson to the point where his career is in doubt

Unleash so much chaos the league has to make a change

No this is not ethical, but something has to give.

More likely Davidson and Gorton and Quinn et al are more decent human beings
than their counterparts in the Caps organization and won’t go close to that far.
And Wilson and his teammates on the utterly indifferent (actually giddily sadistic) and unaccountable Caps will keep injuring people. And I’m sure Bettman will warn the Rangers they better not try anything other than maybe a badly mismatched player trying to fight guys like Chara, Dillon, Hathaway, Wilson, who have many dozens of heavyweight fights among them. Anything more than that and the Rangers will be made to pay twice for what Tom Wilson did.

I’d say knocking Wilson out of the league might be justified if the league won’t do more than a fine. It might very well prevent more innocent players not only being injured, but also the likelihood Wilson or someone imitating him ends a career or maims someone.

See how it looks when the NHL tacitly approves of how Wilson plays hockey?

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/04/21 at 01:59 PM ET

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This is a joke

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/04/21 at 01:34 PM ET

Yup.  Disgraceful on the NHL.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/04/21 at 02:00 PM ET

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Five suspensions.  ZERO lessons learned.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/04/21 at 02:02 PM ET


“Here’s how the DoPS saw it”
Panarin grabbed by his hair and slammed helmetless
and almost head-first into the ice. Wilson using his stick as a weapon, twice, pushing down with his on his opponent’s neck and then using it to apply heavy force to Buchnevich’s neck and punching him in the back of the head while he’s prone.

And the Caps gave Wilson an A recently.

Both the league and the Caps are as responsible as the direct perpetrator for whatever dangerous play happens around the league next.
I understand that from fringe players to the top of management everyone in a situation like the Rangers has invested basically their whole labors of love, careers, livelihoods into where they’ve worked so hard to be - and it all can be threatened if the league as it so often perversely does to punish them for protesting the leagues utter negligence. Protests don’t just fall on deaf ears - they’re punished for risking bad PR to the league, highlighting the liability of the league.

It might be more effective but I don’t want to see someone do to Niklas Backstrom what Wilson did to equivalent Rangers. One way or another Wilson needs to be removed from the league. I’m hoping no one has to go to the hospital before it happens. But the league is making pretty clear Wilson has to keep not only keep violating one narrowly interpreted rule, but also keep badly injuring opponents while continually violating that one narrowly interpreted rule, like Raffi Torres did.

Tom Wilson is like the guy who keeps brutally attacking people one sidewalk who is out a few hours later to do it again, and again, and again. Who has to actually or almost kill someone until finally the cycle stops.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/04/21 at 02:19 PM ET


Just horseshit.  This is why every team needs a guy like Reaves.  There’s less risk of suspension for him to street brawl players after the whistle than there is for making a hit.

Posted by ThatGuy on 05/04/21 at 02:36 PM ET

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Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So now the onus falls on the victims of the assault. Now the onus falls on the Rangers to respond to Tom Wilson in Wednesday’s rematch at the Garden after the NHL abdicated its responsibility by refusing to suspend him.

Now it is on the Rangers to either escalate the cycle of violence triggered by Washington’s recidivist winger or risk appearing weak. Now it is on the Rangers to send someone after Wilson in order to protect the logo.

This was a complete fail by the NHL. That is expected from a Department of Player Safety run George Parros, a man who made his living on the ice with his fists in compiling one of those comic-book career stat lines of 1,092 penalty minutes and 18 goals in 474 games.

But more should have been expected from Gary Bettman, who is believed to have interceded in March to require Wilson’s suspension after the DOPS initially recoiled at disciplining the winger for concussing defenseless Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/04/21 at 02:57 PM ET


It’s amazing it took über-boss Bettman to get
Parros to do a thing when Carlo was headhunted
and knocked out of the season since then.

Parros who parlayed his econ degree to shill
“Make Hockey Violent Again” t-shirts and gear
before being given this job.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/04/21 at 03:06 PM ET


Panarin grabbed by his hair and slammed helmetless
and almost head-first into the ice. Wilson using his stick as a weapon, twice, pushing down with his on his opponent’s neck and then using it to apply heavy force to Buchnevich’s neck and punching him in the back of the head while he’s prone.

It’s 2021 and there are people still defending Tom Wilson and saying “this is just part of the game”

The guy his human trash and with the choice by the NHL to avoid any real discipline it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/04/21 at 03:29 PM ET

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Does DOPS still do the videos explaining their decision?

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/04/21 at 03:55 PM ET

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ilove, on rare instances they have, but those are far and few between.

Suspensions always a video explanations, fines not so much.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/04/21 at 03:57 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/04/21 at 03:57 PM ET

Thank you!

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/04/21 at 04:05 PM ET

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Michael Traikos of the National Post at the Toronto Sun,

Cue the outrage. If punching a defenceless opponent in the back of the head and then body slamming another is considered roughing, then you might as well call the baseball swing that Marty McSorley delivered to Donald Brashear’s head a slash.

Wilson should have been suspended for punching Buchnevich and injuring Panarin — perhaps for the entirety of the playoffs. As Rangers coach David Quinn said, he has “zero respect for the game.” And yet, the fact that he wasn’t tells you that Wilson — and others like him — still have a place in the game.

Of course, we knew this already.

As much as we want to believe that the NHL has moved away from the sideshow antics of staged fights and headhunting, and instead put an emphasis on speed, skill and creativity, you can’t win a Stanley Cup without getting your hands dirty. You need a Tom Wilson-type of player, someone who straddles the line of with his physical play.

In some cases, you might need two of them.

It is a blueprint that Boston has subscribed to for years. And which has been copied several times over by championship teams such as Washington, St. Louis and even Tampa Bay. You cannot win without skill. But your skilled players cannot do the things that make them effective without the proper amount of protection.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/04/21 at 04:17 PM ET


Re: Traikos, what Wilson does is not “protection”.

We’ve all seen players reacting physically when they
see an opponent digging with their stick or failing to do
enough to avoid hitting their team’s goalie.

Wilson has been fined or suspended almost ten times total.
And none of it was for protecting anyone. Hitting a prone player in the back of the head while pressing up with your stick under his neck is not protection.
What he did to Panarin is not protection.

What Wilson does is consistently and giddily go way out of his way to cause injuries.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/04/21 at 04:52 PM ET

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This just goes to show that the Department of Player Safety needs to be cleaned out and replaced en masse by people who actually take safety seriously. What Wilson did last night was inexcusable, and a slap on the wrist is absolutely the incorrect response.

I have no faith in the league to “get it right”. and at this point, I doubt they will ever do anything to change that.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/04/21 at 06:07 PM ET

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Wow! I never knew there were so many Ranger fans here on KK!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 05/04/21 at 06:49 PM ET

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Wait, Parros is head of player safety?  Who made that call?  Man o man…

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/05/21 at 01:17 PM ET

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