Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/29/11 at 07:13 AM ET
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets were put in a bind when their new and expensive defenseman, James Wisniewski, was hog-tied with a suspension that will keep him out of the lineup until late October. It is a critical loss at a crucial time for a reconstituted team. Before delving into that subject, here is one last mulling of the NHL’s ham-fisted ruling.
Wisniewski delivered a blow — shoulder first, followed by a raised elbow — to the head of Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck after regulation ended in an exhibition game last week. Clutterbuck was seen laughing from the bench as Wisniewski was led to the penalty box.
Three days later, Wisniewski’s two-minute minor for roughing turned into an 11-game suspension — three exhibitions and eight regular-season games.
Somewhere, Clutterbuck is still laughing.
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