Dennis Wideman suspended 20 games for cross-checking linesman
Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was suspended 20 games for a cross-check of linesman Don Henderson in a game before the All-Star break.
The play happened on Jan. 27 in a game against the Nashville Predators. A video of the situation is above. A day later, the league said it had suspended Wideman pending a hearing with hockey operations. That took place Monday with department director Colin Campbell presiding.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the NHL Players’ Association and Calgary Flames were slated to defend Wideman, who was going to say he was “woozy” or “foggy” on the play.
Wideman is reportedly expected to appeal the decision but cannot play during the appeal. If Wideman does appeal, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who wasn't part of the ruling, will preside. Sportnet's John Shannon reports Wideman and the NHLPA will decide on whether to appeal at some point Wednesday. After Bettman the appeal would go to an independent arbitrator.
The Flames have yet to publicly comment on Wideman since the suspension announcement ... read more: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-pu...192636561.html
and yet the office told the Rangers to STFU about the sucker punch that put out Ryan McDonagh until who knows when