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Neutral Arbitrator Of Dennis Wideman Decision Dismissed By The NHL

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

James Oldham’s most notable decision as the NHL and NHLPA’s neutral arbitrator appears as if it will also be his last.

According to the Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen, the NHL has dismissed Oldham from his post as neutral arbitrator. Oldham, a law professor at Georgetown University, was the arbitrator assigned to the Dennis Wideman suspension case. Oldham’s decision on the suspension saw the Calgary Flames defenseman have his 20-game suspension for checking linesman Don Henderson reduced to 10 games.

It was well within the NHL’s power to relieve Oldham of his duties, and either side would have had the power to do so if they believed it was time for a change in neutral arbitrator. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Oldham’s time with the league is up, though, considering the NHL has since sought to have Oldham’s biggest decision, the reduction of Wideman’s original 20-game ban, overruled.

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Haha. Garden gnome took his puck and went home.

Posted by SlimChance on 07/20/16 at 10:18 AM ET

DocF's avatar

Why am I not surprised?  The man made a decision that was not what the NHL wanted and he got canned.  From all accounts, Prof. Oldham is a very fair arbitrator and that is obviously not what the league wanted.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 07/20/16 at 10:44 AM ET

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Fair and neutral have different meanings to the 3 foot tyrant, apparently.  What a joke

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/20/16 at 11:49 AM ET

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