The New York Rangers were fined $250,000 by the NHL on Thursday for comments the team made about George Parros, the director of the NHL Department of Player Safety.
"Public comments of the nature issued by the Rangers that were personal in nature and demeaning of a League executive will not be tolerated," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "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."
The Rangers' comments about Parros came after the Department of Player Safety fined Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson the maximum of $5,000 for roughing New York forward Pavel Buchnevich in a 6-3 Capitals win Monday. Rangers forward Artemi Panarin sustained a season-ending lower-body injury in the altercation with Wilson. The Rangers called for Wilson to be suspended and questioned Parros' ability to do his job.
"It is terribly unfair to question George Parros' professionalism and dedication to his role and the Department of Player Safety," Bettman said.