In a recent one on one interview with ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, NHL Player Safety head George Parros opened up for the first time on his department’s processes and openly talked about the recent suspensions handed out to NHL stars like Connor McDavid, Jake Voracek, Jack Eichel, Erik Karlsson and Evgeni Malkin.
Of course, the biggest suspension handed out under Parros’ watch though was the historic 20 game suspension levied on Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson for his preseason hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist. It was the fourth suspension handed out to Wilson in just over a year and a half and well… Parros threw the book at him. The suspension was later reduced to 14 games on appeal, but it’s still the most significant punishment doled out by NHL DoPS during Parros’ reign.
In his interview with Wyshynski, Parros opened up about the Wilson suspension and even offered up an approval of how Wilson, the NHL’s most hated man, seems to have transformed his game.
Check it out:
"I think Tom has figured out how to play the game and stay off our radar. I hope it stays that way. It's been evident in the way he's played this season. We've seen clips of him delivering good clean hits and laying off hits that might have gotten him in trouble before."
So… has Wilson turned over a new leaf?
"I'm not going to put myself in his head. He certainly doesn't want to be suspended anymore, and I certainly don't want to suspend him anymore. We both share the same goal."
For what it’s worth, Wilson does seem to have toned things down a bit… but that hasn’t stopped opposing players from taking runs at him.
You have to think that it’s only a matter of time until Wilson blows his top yet again…