NHL News: Rangers call out Dept of Player Safety, Milan Lucic waives no move clause, and T.J. Oshie says goodbye to his dad

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May 3, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals takes a roughing penalty during the second period against Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers call out Dept of Player Safety head George Parros in a scathing statement. In one of the gutsiest things a hockey team can do, they said he was “unfit to continue in his role.”

New York Rangers call out Dept of Player Safety

Rangers forward, Ryan Strome expressed his disappointment today with the $5000 fine and no suspension. “As players, you want the league to have your back in those situations, and I think a lot of guys in our dressing room just feel like they didn’t,” he explained. A disappointed head coach, David Quinn noted that, “there was an awful lot there to suspend [Wilson].”

Rangers call out Dept of Player Safety
May 3, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals takes a roughing penalty during the second period against Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

What Quinn is talking about was Wilson sucker punching Pavel Buchnevich which the NHL DoPS called roughing and fined him for. What was ignored was him rag dolling and slamming Artemi Panarin’s head to the ice causing him to get injured and out for the year.

The New York Rangers are extremely disappointed that Capitals forward Tom Wilson was not suspended for his horrifying act of violence last night at Madison Square Garden. Wilson is a repeat offender with a long history of these type of acts and we find it shocking that the NHL and their Department of Player Safety failed to take the appropriate action and suspend him indefinitely. Wilson’s dangerous and reckless actions caused an injury to Artemi Panarin that will prevent him from playing again this season. We view this as a dereliction of duty by NHL Head of Player Safety, George Parros, and believe he is unfit to continue in his current role.

Milan Lucic waives his no move clause

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Apr 19, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Milan Lucic (17) poses for a photo with his family as he was presented with silver hockey stick to honor his 1000 NHL game prior to the game between the Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames needed some help with the expansion draft coming and Milan Lucic provided it by waiving his no move clause. This will allow the Flames to expose him and protect a younger forward. Frank Seravalli first noted this on April 25th.

“As much as I want to stay in Calgary I didn’t want to handcuff Tree (GM Brad Treliving) in the expansion draft so I agreed that I would waive it for the expansion draft if he didn’t want to protect me,” Lucic told Sportsnet.ca. “I really enjoy it here in Calgary and I’d love nothing more than to spend the rest of my career here.”

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T.J. Oshie says goodbye to his dad

Ona more somber note, Capitals forwards T.J. Oshie laid his father to rest. Hockey fans can remember the emotional moment with Oshie and his dad on the ice after the Caps won the Stanley Cup in 2018. Oshie with tears in his eyes talked about his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s and what it meant to have him there.

Here’s the emotional interview.