Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford remembers the Dec. 19 fight between Capitals winger Tom Wilson and now former Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, and he still isn’t happy about how it went down.
“All I know is, in that fight, Wilson didn’t even give Oleksiak a chance to get his gloves off,” Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Wilson fought with Oleksiak with less than a minute into the game against the Penguins after Wilson said he reacted to previous comments by Rutherford, who said the Capitals winger was scared to fight his defenseman.
Wilson would not fight Oleksiak after making a hit on Zach Aston-Reese, which would result in a suspension for Wilson.
“I read the stuff that’s said after last season and leading up to it,” Wilson said. “Yeah, I think it probably had to be done sooner or later, give him a chance to defend his teammate after what happened last year.”
Tom Wilson and Jamie Oleksiak went from jawing to fisticuffs in the span of just a few months 👀 pic.twitter.com/aXWeCaYM5l
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) December 20, 2018
Rutherford was blunt when asked if he was OK with everything that went down in that fight.
“No,” he replied.
Oleksiak missed three games after his fight with Wilson with a concussion.
He was traded back to the Stars on Monday, reversing the deal from last year which sent the defenseman to Pittsburgh for 47 games and the playoffs.