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New York Rangers Fire President and General Manager

Hockey

The GIST: A series of outrageous events led to the firing of New York Rangers (NYR) president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton.

May 06, 2021
Source: Bruce Bennett/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Bruce Bennett/USA TODAY Sports

The incident: It started during Monday night’s Rangers vs. Washington Capitals game. Caps strongman Tom Wilson — who has a history of rough play and subsequent disciplinary action — acted severely outside traditional hockey violence boundaries and went after Rangers’ star Artemiy Panarin, injuring him.

  • Though many expected Wilson to be suspended for multiple games, he was only slapped with a $5,000 fine (the maximum) from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, which is led by another goon George Parros.

The backlash: The Rangers shared a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, calling for harsher punishment and for the NHL to fire Parros. The statement was well-received by everyone...except the NYR owners, who (plot twist) fired Davidson and Gorton yesterday.

  • The two teams faced off again in their final meeting of the season last night, and unsurprisingly, things started with a line brawl. The first period alone ended with 20 penalties and Wilson leaving with an upper body injury. 
  • The Caps are off to the playoffs now and the Rangers aren’t, but something tells us that in October, they’ll pick up right where they left off.

The postseason: Speaking of, there’s still no postseason start date. Due to the Vancouver Canucks’ previous COVID-19 outbreak and ensuring four-week hiatus, the regular season won’t end until May 19th, way past the original May 11th playoff start.

The happy news: Let’s end on a high. Team Canada made it to the IIHF U18 Men’s World Championships final after a stunning 8–1 defeat over Sweden yesterday. Canada will now face Russia in today’s final. Watch it on TSN3 at 9 p.m. ET.