NHL fines repeat offender Tom Wilson US $ 5,000 for abusing Buchnevich, Panarin
Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson was fined US $ 5,000 on Tuesday by the NHL for abusing Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich during Monday night’s game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The fine is the maximum allowed for the incident under the league’s collective agreement with the players. Wilson’s salary this season is $ 4.1 million.
Wilson received a double minor penalty for brutality and a 10-minute misconduct after a scrum in which he appeared to hit Buchnevich, who was face down on the ice, and threw Artemi Panarin on the ice. Panarin was ruled out from the rest of the game with what the team called a lower body injury.
“I thought it was just a scrum, like a physical game,” Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said. “There was something going on originally with the goalie and they played against the goalie and a bunch of players went into that. This happens often.
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“I think you should have a little more respect for the game and for the players,” Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said of Wilson’s play. “Honestly, I don’t know where to start. It’s just awful. Zero respect. I don’t know why I’m surprised, but yeah, just awful.”
This is Wilson’s third fine in eight NHL seasons and he has been suspended five times. The most recent suspension was seven games in March to pick up Brandon Carlo from Boston.
He is not expected to face new discipline for his actions on Monday night.
Wilson had a clean record for the past two-and-a-half years, dating from a 20-game suspension in the fall of 2018 for an illegal failure at the head of St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist.
This initially resulted in a fine of $ 1.26 million, and it was reduced to 14 games by an independent referee after appeal, although Wilson has already served 17 games.
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