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Dan’s Daily: Offensive Explosions, Rangers Get Big Fine & Suspension

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Tom Wilson, New York Rangers

The children are getting unruly. The NHL had to hand out discipline for the wildfires sparked by Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson on Tuesday, and the New York Rangers’ responses both on and off the ice. The North Division is awash in unbelievable offensive seasons from Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, and the Pittsburgh Penguins may have struck gold with Jeff Carter who popped four goals on Thursday.

The already frantic NHL season has reached a fever pitch, and the playoffs haven’t even started (or been scheduled).

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Holy Jeff Carter. The Pittsburgh Penguins hopped on the firewagon and beat the Buffalo Sabres 8-4. Carter had a grand slam.

Sidney Crosby was named the Penguins team MVP.

PHN+: The Penguins’ full breakdown for everything Carter and beyond, including the Penguins team grades. 

Rangers-Capitals, Tom Wilson Fallout

The NHL lowered the boom on the New York Rangers for their comments (and probably the gong show on Wednesday night). The league fined the Rangers $250,000, otherwise known as 50 punishments for Tom Wilson. The NHL statement:

“Public comments of the nature issued by the Rangers that were personal in nature and demeaning of a League executive will not be tolerated,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “While we don’t expect our Clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the Department of Player Safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable. It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role and the Department of Player Safety.”

TSN: If the Rangers wanted to enact change, sources told Frank Seravalli their words had the opposite effect and galvanized support for George Parros.

Parros is well regarded, or was. The Rangers overstepped. They could have gotten away with “dereliction of duty” but calling Parros “unfit” was too much. You don’t insult people in hockey; you explain why they deserve to be insulted but you don’t actually insult them.

Yahoo Sports: The DoPS, led by Parros, suspended Pavel Buchnevich for one game because of his cross check to Anthony Mantha’s teeth.

NHL & National Hockey Now

Sportsnet: Austin Matthews scored his 40th goal before playing game 50. That’s 1980s awesome for Matthews. 

Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins have won five of six. After a draining week, the Rangers were toast and Bruins took care of business against New York 4-0 on Thursday. 

NYI: The Islanders fall continued with another bad loss….

Philly: The Philadelphia Flyers are calling up their top prospects, like Cam York, and letting them play. 

San Jose: What has Bob Boughner done right?

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
4 months ago

The fact that a hack like Parros is “well-regarded” within the league hierarchy says a lot about the neanderthal thinking that continues to hold the league back. Zero consistency to enforcement actions and no leadership from the desultory Gary Bettman. Its time for that clown to go, too.

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

Exactly

jackw
jackw
4 months ago

So, what Wilson did merit’s a $5,000 fine, but calling Parros “unfit” was so egregious that it was worth a $250,000 fine.

Right. All that proves is that the Rangers probably didn’t go far enough in their criticism.

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
4 months ago
Reply to  jackw

You are correct sir, like a lot of things in this crazy world today, people try to punish you for telling the TRUTH!

Hatrick Pornqvist
Hatrick Pornqvist
4 months ago
Reply to  jackw

Yeah what a crock of flaming shit. Parros is a joke. The fine for Wilson is absolute proof he is unfit for his job. The circus act known at the DoPS is a travesty. Now they are levelling fines for criticism. I am all for the rough and tumble style of hockey but get a life Gary. Trashcan is going to make the NHL pay for this more than anyone. He absolutely will go too far and end someone’s career, possibly with a wheelchair or worse. He just will. And then Bettman can spend a year explaining why Parros was… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Hatrick Pornqvist
Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
4 months ago

Not a Rangers fan but in this case they were absolutely correct. Parros IS unfit. The failure to suspend the goon, wilson, clearly illustrates that. Bettman defending Parros reminds fans what a disgrace Bettman has been for years. Rangers should wear their fine with pride. They told the truth. Wilson should be banned from the NHL. He takes cheap shots every year with intent to injure. The Rangers lost a superstar player and the league does nothing. Parros and Bettman are a disgrace. Given the goon’s actions and history he should be thrown out of the game for good. If… Read more »

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter Hoffman

20 is no longer enough for him. If the league lets this continue he is eventually going to critically injure or kill someone.

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

If the league wont do it then teams will have no choice but to hire goons to take him out!

Frank
Frank
4 months ago

I think we all are largely on the same page as respects the Wilson assault. But like all things . . . time to let it go. No one should be surprised by the league reaction. The NHL history is neck deep in similar reactions. But . .. hold on . .. we all know there is another one, most likely even worse, coming down the road to a hockey arena near you. That said I was thinking about Ryan Whitney rushing to the defense of Wilson. I could not shake the thought of him as a team mate .… Read more »

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