The NHL’s final decision is whether and for how long to suspend Tom Wilson for hitting Artemi Panarin twice, who will miss the last three games of the season, on the ice after the Washington recidivist faced the head of the prone and defenseless Pavel Buhnevich. a blow during an incident from the second period in the garden on Monday will not affect Wilson, but the league itself.
It wasn’t just the Bush League stuff from this notorious bounty hunter who had been stopped five times in his NHL career, it was scary how close his original Panarin helmet came, on which the Washington winger grabbed a piece of hair to win lever to cause catastrophic damage.
These are reckless things that are repeated over and over and activated over and over again by the Washington organization. Just as Caps coach Peter Laviolet picked up Wilson’s shot, which injured Boston’s Brandon Carlo in early March, who won Wilson by seven games, the coach did it again after Monday’s game.
“I thought it was just a clash,” Laviolet said after his team’s 6-3 victory over Wilson, who received nothing more than a double minor for rudeness and a 10-minute foul for his malice, once noted. “Some kind of physical game … a lot happens.”
Funny how much happens when Wilson is involved, who is striving in the penalty area. But it’s not funny at all. This is a problem for the league.
These are things from the 1970s, things from the days of the Broad Street thugs, things that can no longer be tolerated. These are things that deserve the strongest possible rebuke from Sixth Avenue.
Enough is enough. Wilson should be banned for the rest of the season and the playoffs and next season should apply for readmission to the league. A person without a hockey conscience is deprived of the right to play.
You have risen, Commissioner.