The NHL has fined the New York Rangers a whopping $250,000 for the team's statement condemning the league's player safety office

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Brendan Smith #42 of the New York Rangers fights against Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden on May 5, 2021 in New York City. Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images
  • The NHL fined the Rangers $250,000 for calling for the head of player safety to be fired.

  • The Rangers' statement came after the league fined Capitals forward Tom Wilson $5,000 for two violent acts in a Monday game.

  • The NHL called it "terribly unfair" for to question George Parros, the head of player safety.

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The NHL has slapped the New York Rangers with a hefty $250,000 fine after the team blasted the league's player safety office for failing to suspend Washington Capitals star Tom Wilson after an incident earlier this week.

"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 [Head of Safety] George Parros' professionalism and dedication to his role and the Department of Player Safety," Bettman added.

The team had issued a fiery statement decrying the "horrifying act of violence" from Wilson, in which he pulled down and punched Rangers superstar Artemi Panarin, injuring him for the rest of the season.

Wilson was not suspended over the incident and was only fined $5,000 for an earlier incident during the play.

The Rangers personally called out Parros and said the team had lost confidence in the league's ability to protect its players, calling for Parros to be fired.

On Wednesday, the Rangers and Capitals got into a massive brawl during the game's opening face-off.

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