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Dennis Wideman Suspension Decreased By 10 Games

The NHL and NHLPA released a multi-page PDF explaining the ruling from the arbitrator, so here is the basic information you need to know.


added 2:16pm,

NEW YORK (March 11, 2016) – The National Hockey League released the following statement today regarding the decision in the appeal of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension:

“We are in receipt of Arbitrator James Oldham’s Opinion in the appeal of Dennis Wideman’s supplementary discipline suspension and reducing the suspension from 20 to 10 games. We strenuously disagree with the Arbitrator’s ruling and are reviewing the Opinion in detail to determine what next steps may be appropriate. We will have no further comment until we have completed our review. In light of and in response to Arbitrator Oldham’s Opinion, Mr. Wideman will be reinstated and will be eligible to participate in his team’s games, effective immediately.”

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Paul's avatar

Don’t even think about it NHL, move on.

Bob McKenzie tweet,

It isn’t done often, because standard is high, but arbitrator’s decision can be attacked/appealed in courts. Will see if an option for NHL.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/11/16 at 03:14 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

... and now that he’s already missed at least 19 games, how is he suppose to ‘get them back’?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/11/16 at 03:20 PM ET


He gets the money back.

Posted by Garth on 03/11/16 at 03:22 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

He gets the money back.

I concluded that getting the money back was a given,

but now he has ‘lost’ 10 games in his career.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/11/16 at 03:31 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Brian Burke will meet with the media at 6:45pm ET tonight.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/11/16 at 03:40 PM ET

Paul's avatar

If you want to read the opinion of the arbitrator in PDF form, start here.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/11/16 at 03:41 PM ET

Paul's avatar

TORONTO (March 11, 2016) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association released the following statement this afternoon regarding the Neutral Discipline Arbitrator’s decision to reduce Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension:

“Given that it was undisputed that Dennis suffered a concussion mere seconds prior to his collision with linesman Don Henderson, we felt strongly that there should have been no discipline.  Nonetheless we are pleased that Arbitrator Oldham found that the collision was not intentional and that the suspension was reduced to 10 games. We respect the process and the decision and we look forward to Dennis returning to the ice tonight with his teammates.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/11/16 at 03:50 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

After watching the video on this site of the ref that got concussed and ran into a player because he didn’t know where he was this is probably the correct decision.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 03/11/16 at 06:40 PM ET

Primis's avatar

If I were Calgary I’d sue the league.

They unfairly kept their player from dressing for 9 games.

This might only be the beginning of a story, not an end.

Posted by Primis on 03/11/16 at 10:21 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

No sign of TuxedoTantrum®?

I’m disappointed.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 03/12/16 at 05:12 PM ET

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