New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault lets the NHL hear it today after Wayne Simmonds was not suspended for sucker punching captain Ryan McDonagh.
The New York Rangers organization is livid at the NHL for not dishing out disciplinary action to the Flyers forward, not only for the punch, but for throwing his stick at a referee.
According to rule 40.4 of the NHL Rule Book- a player is to be given no less than a three game suspension for throwing his equipment at a referee.
As if the situation was not bad enough, McDonagh was diagnosed with a concussion as well.
#NYR Ryan McDonagh will be out tonight due to a concussion suffered on Saturday in Philadelphia.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 8, 2016
This led to the AV’s comment on the matter, telling the Post:
“We had a feeling that [McDonagh] had a concussion, we weren’t 100 percent sure, he had some symptoms. What I didn’t expect was the reaction form the league. All-Star player gets sucker-punched, goes down – I wonder if that’s [Sidney] Crosby, what happens? What are the consequences”
As you can tell, Vigneault is pretty upset at the situation. As a result of this mess, McDonagh will remain out with a concussion and will miss tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
And what did Vigneault have to say about the Flyer’s head coach Dave Hakstol’s accusations that McDonagh had taken a “dive”?
“Tell him to go see [McDonagh] at his house today,”