Washington Capitals striker Tom Wilson has stolen the most prominent NHL headlines in recent days.
At first, the seemingly usual goal-scoring challenge escalated into an almost freestyle-like brutal play as Wilson furiously beat Russian players New York Rangers Pavel Butshnevitsh and Artemi Panarin on Tuesday night’s NHL round.
Many observers found Wilson's actions so brutal that he was required, among other things, to have a lifetime ban on gambling and handcuffing.
However, NHL disciplinary officer George Parros fined Wilson only $ 5,000.
Punishment was generally considered a joke in NHL circles.
As a result of the incident, the Rangers sent a very rare bulletin in which the club demanded Parros' resignation.
The former NHL player, John Scott, who created a career as a fighter, again considered Wilson's actions and punishment "insane".
Now Wilson has got a defender from a rather surprising side.
According to Greg Wyshynski, a respected journalist on ESPN, Wilson was not particularly criminal this time around.
- There was a hassle around the goalkeeper after the whistle.
Youtube is full of videos of players protecting their goalkeeper.
If these are wanted out of hockey, of course: then we see game bans every week until (players ’) morale changes.
But I don’t think anyone really cares about these shots or the player thrown on the ice - if the author isn’t Tom Wilson, Wyshynski writes.
Wyshynski refers to Wilson’s reputation as a violent player.
Wilson has received a five-time ban from playing ugly grips since September 2017.
Twice he has received fines for his cavities.
Four of the game bans came in a year.
The most recent of these, as many as 20 matches, was banned from playing for Wilson in September 2018 after his stupid ugly St. Louis Blues Oskar Sundqvist in a practice match.
This ban was eventually shortened to 14 matches.
After that, Wilson seemed to have improved his habit.
The previous ban on Wilson only clicked two months ago.
Rigging for Boston Bruins defender Brandon Carloon brought a seven-match collar.
According to Wyshynski, Wilson has earned his reputation as an evil boy.
However, Wyshynski felt it would have been wrong if Wilson had now been punished for his past or possibly future rumbles.
- The NHL's disciplinary body is not a crime prevention body.
It cannot penalize players on the basis of what players ’actions can be expected to lead to in the future.
And it can’t raise the penalty scale because a player has received five bans in the past or because fans want him out of the league, Wyshynski argues.
Instead, the reporter thinks that Wilson will arrange for himself a very long collar on his own.
- He is an indifferent player who is not very interested in the safety of his opponents.
He crosses the line again and will one day do something that will result in a 40-match ban.
Maybe even the whole season, Wyshynski anticipates.