Tom Wilson Took Some Time Out Of His Career-Best Scoring Streak To Get Back To Blindsiding People For No Apparent Reason
In the interest of objectivity, I will say that I don't have all that much of a problem with Tom Wilson facing no discipline, other than the match penalty he received, for his wildly unnecessary and entirely avoidable hit on Brett Seney...
That's mostly because it's neither my brain nor my commitment to making the game safer that's potentially compromised every single time him he takes an apparently inalterable stride on an NHL playing surface. However, it's also because it's admittedly tough to give him a 10-20 game unpaid vacation for something that would land almost anyone else no more than two minutes in the sin bin for interference. The truth is, if you remove the nameplate from the jersey on the back of a person who looked to have the lateral awareness of a locomotive then we wouldn't spend more than six seconds talking about his blindsided collision with a much smaller player.
Of course, the man who leaves bodies laying lifelessly in his wake at a rate that was only precedented during a period in which the root cause of concussions was celebrated as much as a much more figurative sudden death is not just anyone else. He's Tom Wilson and the only thing that's even comparable to how much benefit of the doubt he's lost is the amount of wages he's lost while refusing to take any real responsibility for his repeatedly reckless actions.
Again, I understand that the NHL's Department of Player Safety was basically stuck between a rock and a place that's as hard as one very specific player's skull when determining whether contact that was mostly to the shoulder of a player who returned to the game soon after was deserving of supplementary discipline. However, while they were jammed up in there, I hope they finally came to the conclusion that Tom Wilson is woefully incapable of changing.
While in the midst of a career-best scoring streak that, against the type of odds that even Vegas considers stealing, had some people wondering whether the laughable contract he signed in the offseason was as stupid as it seemed on the surface, Tim Wilson STILL couldn't go ever-so-slightly out of his way to avoid clipping the head area of someone who didn't have the puck from behind. During a moment in which the average player would instinctually shift their route to the puck by 7-8 degrees, someone who had nothing to gain, and is well aware of how hot the interrogation light is on him, didn't hesitate to risk his sustained professional success by plowing right on through the back of an oblivious opponent.
What other context do you even need to come to the conclusion that he just can't, or willfully won't, help himself? This particular play wasn't as bad as it looked, but the forewarning it provided that - sooner rather than later - the next one (or the next next one) will be is much harder to deny than it is to discipline.