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Too Many Games For Wisniewski

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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sjketcheson's avatar

Somebody call the wahmbulance…. can’t say I didn’t see this article coming though.

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 09/29/11 at 08:59 AM ET

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F U Mr.Arace.

I don’t care if Clutterbuck was laughing on the bench. Should suspensions only be warrented if the victim is in a coma?

What Wisniewski did was horrendous. He elbowed a player in the head after the buzzer, without the puck and for no reason but for revenge.
He’s also a repeat offender.

THIS is why the NHL can’t move forward. Because everyone thinks of themselves first and the league second.

I’m sure Mr.Arace wouldn’t be so forgiving if it was Clutterbuck who did the same thing to RJ Umberger. He’d probably ask for a 20 game suspension.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/29/11 at 10:57 AM ET

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And apparently, somewhere in Columbus, people still don’t get it.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 09/29/11 at 11:01 AM ET

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Should suspensions only be warrented if the victim is in a coma?

Exactly.  Just because Wisniewski failed to give Clutterbuck a concussion doesn’t meaen he didn’t try to.

Posted by Garth on 09/29/11 at 11:18 AM ET

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Sorry Arace but you’re full of sh*t…  This is exactly the kind of hit we do *not* need in the game and wah-wah-wah your player got caught…  OK, we all get it, you’re writing for the local paper and god forbid that you should ever write something that goes against the team, ~whatever~ you idiot…

Posted by brian on 09/29/11 at 11:19 AM ET

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I’m sure Mr.Arace wouldn’t be so forgiving if it was Clutterbuck who did the same thing to RJ Umberger. He’d probably ask for a 20 game suspension.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/29/11 at 08:57 AM ET

What a lot of people don’t know about the Columbus Dispatch is that their parent company, the Dispatch Broadcast Group, are part owners of the team.  This (I suppose) is why the content from Arace or Portzline are often fluff pieces, or self pitying crap like this. 

While I agree that the suspension was a little harsh, after all Wizniewski wasn’t the only guy with a bad reputation in this particular scenario, the fact is you can’t hit a guy in the face with your elbow.  You especially can’t do that after the horn.  If Wizniewski felt like he was being attacked all he had to do was shove Clutterbuck out of the way, and we wouldn’t be talking about this.  Just as Shanahan said: “Wizniewski has to find another way to defend himself.”  Seems pretty simple.

If the CBJ and their fans want someone to be angry with, be angry at Wiz.  They brought him on board to be a point producer, not a thug.  He didn’t just hurt himself, he hurt his team by being an idiot.  The Dispatch writers can go feel sorry for themselves as much as they want, one person is to blame here.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 09/29/11 at 12:31 PM ET

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Homer article, no doubt. Nowhere else is it being discussed that the punishment was too harsh.

Six games would have been about right. But Wisniewski did the wrong thing at the wrong time, and it brought down the heavy Shanahand of the law.

Due to Wisniewski’s repeat-offender status, his fine is calculated by the game and it adds up to nearly $537,000 — which is more than the $500,000 Todd Bertuzzi was fined for breaking the neck of Steve Moore in 2004. Message delivered.

Next time Wisniewski is threatened, maybe he should use his stick.

Seriously? This kind of thuggery is exactly what we DON’T need in the league. So you would rather see your player intentionally attempt to injure the opposition using his stick as a weapon as opposed to his arm? Yeah, that’s going to help.

The comparison to the Bertuzzi-Moore incident is terrible at best. This guy is reaching and it’s fairly aggravating. Though unlike a Damien Cox article he’s not doing it to sell papers, generate hits or stir the pot. He genuinely believes what he is seeing through his homer glasses :/.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 09/29/11 at 12:32 PM ET

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Clutterbuck was seen laughing from the bench as Wisniewski was led to the penalty box.

So the game was over, but WizPants still had to sit in the penalty box? Really?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/29/11 at 12:42 PM ET

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“Clutterbuck was seen laughing from the bench as Wisniewski was led to the penalty box.”

So the game was over, but WizPants still had to sit in the penalty box? Really?

Posted by OlderThanChelios on 09/29/11 at 10:42 AM ET

Uh oh. Uh Oh. Danger, Will Robinson, Danger (!)

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 09/29/11 at 01:12 PM ET

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So the game was over, but WizPants still had to sit in the penalty box? Really?

Posted by OlderThanChelios on 09/29/11 at 10:42 AM ET

Beat me to it.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 09/29/11 at 02:04 PM ET

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Yeah, use your stick like McSorley on Brashear. That would be preferrable.  rolleyes

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 09/29/11 at 02:08 PM ET

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Boohoo…..you know nothing about hockey.  The jist of your article is, “man, this guy is really important to our squad.  That’s not fair.”
This just in: B-Job is a headhunter.  His hit on Seabrook was one of the worst I’ve ever seen.  He doesn’t get it.  This won’t be his only suspension this year either.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt on 09/29/11 at 03:35 PM ET

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For such an inflammatory column, Arace sure got a lot of particulars wrong. For one thing, after a game’s over, players do not actually sit in the box for two minutes while the zamboni guy cleans the ice. Don’t know how Clutterbuck would be on the bench laughing either, since him and his teammates would be in the locker room after the game. Boyes didn’t follow through with anything, Wisniewski didn’t even connect with his shoulder, let alone lead with it, Arace miscalculates Bertuzzi’s fine (in addition to 500k in regular season salary forfeiture, he had, iirc, a six-figure superleague contract voided by the IIHF in 04, due to still being on indefinite suspension in the NHL), etc etc.

Columbus is blaming the wrong guy in Shanahan. Wisniewski will do plenty more that makes him a goat in the years to come (and not just with his dirtiness) and the Dispatch/Jackets won’t be able to blame the league forever. If I was Columbus’ GM, I would trade Wisniewski immediately for anyone, even Wade Redden, who sucks balls, but still has a higher hockey IQ and less crippling contract than the guy they did sign.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/29/11 at 04:00 PM ET

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Does Ohio State have a semi-decent school of journalism?

Judging by Steviesteve’s post above the Dispatch needs to rope in some interns to fact check for their paid writers.  Or maybe just replace them.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 09/29/11 at 04:39 PM ET

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