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The First Appeal To A Neutral Arbitrator

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The fact that Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension will soon become the first in NHL history appealed to a neutral arbitrator is far from the only new ground we’re breaking here.

How about commissioner Gary Bettman citing a text the Calgary Flames defenceman sent to a teammate as evidence that Wideman hadn’t accepted responsibility for hitting linesman Don Henderson? Or the fact that Flames president Brian Burke, a former league disciplinarian and longtime Bettman ally, blasted the appeals process for taking an “incomprehensible” amount of time to complete?

Or even that this whole incident revolves around a veteran player with no prior disciplinary history who claims to have had his judgment clouded after absorbing a big hit immediately before it occurred?

When you remove the emotion, what we are dealing with here is a case that carries a high potential for establishing precedent.

Precedent in the way the wheels of justice spin in the NHL. Precedent, potentially, in how the league treats indiscretions involving concussed players.


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WingedRider's avatar

Hasn’t Wideman already lost by sitting around 10 games before the independent arbitrator???  Sending a text to fellow teammates was not very bright. I still say give em 40. 20 for hitting an official from behind, 20 for being plain dumb and a poor Liar! What a Joke!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/18/16 at 12:16 PM ET


20 for being plain dumb and a poor Liar!

How is he a poor liar?

The text only said he was frustrated by the stupidity of the situation.

Posted by Garth on 02/18/16 at 01:00 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Oh, I thought he sent the text cause he was concussed.  Isn’t that why he sounded lamer than Ference after the game too?  That’s why he was golfing in Arizona after the game.  You know, concussion.  Makes you hammer people without knowing who they are, or caring.

I hope the arbitrator just laughs at his pathetic defense and slaps him with 10 more.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/18/16 at 02:32 PM ET

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