The New York Rangers are in hot water after making harsh remarks about the league and George Parros, director of player safety.
Rangers Under Fire for Making Scathing Statements
The Rangers called out Parros for not suspending Washington Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson. Wilson got into a fight against Pavel Buchnevich during Monday night’s game, where he punched Buchnevich in the back of the head. He then tossed Artemi Panarin on the ground and began punching him in the head.
Monday night’s brawl doesn’t really help Wilson, who has been suspended in the past. He has been suspended a total of five times and fined three times in eight seasons. He was only fined $5,000 for the recent incident.
The Rangers were clearly frustrated that Wilson didn’t get a suspension based on the severeity of the situation. The Rangers preferred that Wilson be suspended indefinitely.
The very next day, team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton were relieved of their duties, according to Rangers CEO James Dolan. This was apparently for different reasons.
To make matters worse, Wednesday night’s game was no better.
The teams got into six fights during that game. The first one began right at the opening faceoff. Consequently, the Rangers ended up taking a 4-2 loss against the Caps.
Next Up for the Rangers
The Rangers are still feeling those nasty open wounds after what happened Monday night. Buchnevich is expected to have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety due to a crosscheck in the face to Anthony Mantha.
In other news regarding the Rangers, they have been suffering a pretty sluggish season thus far. For example, they were defeated 4-0 in Thursday night’s battle against the Boston Bruins.
The loss places the Rangers at 26-23-6 for the season. In addition, they sit at fifth in the East Division.
To make things worse, they are elimiated from the playoffs. So, at this point, they may feel like they’re just playing these final remaining games for nothing.
The 2020-21 NHL season has definitely been rough for the team. Their recent incident does not help very much.
To conclude their season, the Rangers will hit the ice on the road in a rematch against the Bruins Saturday night in a 2 p.m. matchup.
It will be, consequently, one of those rought games. This team has the bitter taste of being eliminated from the playoffs, being slapped with a hefty fine and now will have to play against a tough opponent who will be heading to the playoffs.
The Bruins hold a 32-14-7 record on the season and sit at third place in the division, with a playoff spot secured.
As for the Rangers, as they play their final game of the season, they should look forward to next season. It is likely that by the next few months, some players will be gone and there will be new faces joining the squad. The player moves may prove beneficial for the team.