The New York Rangers will miss the final three games of Artemis Banner’s regular season due to injury Monday night during the Tom Wilson-induced ice rush ahead of Washington Capitals.
Banerjee, who was thrown to the ice several times by Wilson during the clash, left the game with what the team called a minor injury.
Rangers head coach David Quinn confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that he would not return to Banerjee’s squad this season and that the injury was the result of an injury sustained during Monday’s game.
Quinn expressed frustration over the sentence, or lack thereof, given to Wilson following the fight. Wilson was fined $ 5,000 by the NHL Player Defense for hardening Powell Busnevich ahead of the Rangers.
“For me, anyone in hockey – of course everyone in our organization – is very disappointed,” Quinn said. “We certainly thought it would guarantee a suspension, and we were very disappointed. A line was crossed: the hand did not hold his helmet, the victim, he was injured. For me, suspending him was a bad thing.”
The whole incident took place after the capital goalie Vitek Vanesek saved a shot in the second period. As the players jumped into the Washington folds, Wilson began punching the back of the head of Bushnevich, who was facing the ice. In the ensuing show, Wilson slapped Banar on the ice several times.
Wilson was rudely rated four penalty minutes with 10 minutes of abuse.
At 10:40 a.m. snow time on Monday, Banarin had two aids. In 42 games with the Rangers this season, the 29-year-old has 17 goals and 41 assists.
– With files of the Associated Press