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Wisniewski Suspended Through The Eighth Game Of The Regular Season

via NHL.com,

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and for eight regular-season games and will forfeit $536,585.36 for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck during a preseason game on September 23, NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.

Wisniewski, who was suspended last season, is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (185). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Following the horn that ended the third period, Wisniewski delivered a blow that targeted Clutterbuck’s head and made it the principal point of contact. Wisniewski was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.

added 8:57pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and eight regular season games for his actions in the Blue Jackets’ game at Minnesota on September 23, the club and National Hockey League announced tonight.

“The decision has been rendered and we will comply with the ruling made by the League,” Howson said.

 

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sjketcheson's avatar

Shanny’s layin’ down the law! Love it

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 09/26/11 at 09:24 PM ET

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Can I add “there’s a new sheriff in town?”

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 09/26/11 at 09:24 PM ET

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wow, everyone was waiting to see how shanny handled this one.  I’d say a tad overly stiff but the baseline has been set.  At this rate he’ll have the league cleaned up by the all-star break

Posted by tbassett on 09/26/11 at 09:31 PM ET

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Shanny passes “what happens if it’s a star player fouling a grinder” test. Good work.

Posted by Steviesteve on 09/26/11 at 09:45 PM ET

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Perfect!  I can hear the phone in the dwarf’s office ringing with whining from the Blue Jackets brass over this one.  It is absolutely deserved.

We will see more of this sort of suspension unless these clowns learn to play by the rules.  Before Christmas, we will see someone (Matt Cooke is my bet) given a balance of the season suspension.  Mark my words.  Shanahan knows the difference between playing hard nosed hockey and being stupid and dirty.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 09/26/11 at 09:49 PM ET

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Shanahan wins. Definitely puts the critics to rest, and the players on notice, with this one.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 09/26/11 at 09:53 PM ET

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Damn!  That’s gonna hurt. 

Go Shanny.

Posted by Denver Wings on 09/26/11 at 09:53 PM ET

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obviously a biased opinion, but think this a little stiff for a hit that Clutterbuck absolutely was trying to instigate.  hope karma’s a bitch for Cal

that said, Wiz has to be smarter than that.  Liked Shanny’s explanation about that players have to find another way to protect themselves

Posted by puckeye on 09/26/11 at 10:03 PM ET

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hope karma’s a bitch for Cal

Yeah, he’s really going to regret it while sitting out eight games and forfeiting a little under $700,000, right?

Wait…

Posted by Garth on 09/26/11 at 10:09 PM ET

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::cue the Irish Jig music::

Boy, Shanny sure doesn’t *#$%@& around.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 09/26/11 at 10:18 PM ET

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I love the sound of a jail cell closing at the end of the video, justice has a new name, Shanahan!  8 games seems like a lot, but he is a repeat offender, just for dumb things like faking bjs towards avery

Posted by squirrely from Dirty Jersey on 09/26/11 at 11:47 PM ET

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just for dumb things like faking bjs towards avery

Also, he was suspended 8 games towards the end of the 09-10 season for a hit on Brent Seabrook

Posted by Garth on 09/27/11 at 12:24 AM ET

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This is fantastic! Keep up the great work Shanny!

Posted by Iggy Rules on 09/27/11 at 12:36 AM ET

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Love it! Need more of this, so players don’t think they are invincible under the law.  Should keep it going hard all season.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 09/27/11 at 12:39 AM ET

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Shanahan knows the difference between playing hard nosed hockey and being stupid and dirty.

Amen. They couldn’t have picked a better “sheriff” than Shanny. He not only understands the game from the “inside out” but he totally gets modern communication methods. His explanations, with the highlighted video footage and freeze-frame images, are brilliant.

This is a long-overdue and much-needed change from Colin Campbell’s erratic Wheel of “Justice.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/27/11 at 12:45 AM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios on 09/26/11 at 11:45 PM ET

+19

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 09/27/11 at 07:55 AM ET

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so a trash player like Clutterbuck goads someone into something stupid while offcourse avoiding to fight and the other guy loses half a mill.$
wrong,just wrong

Posted by edillac from isolation on 09/27/11 at 08:32 AM ET

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Pests aren’t the big problem plaguing the game right now, head shots are.

Cal Clutterbuck is a shit, but there are punishments even for blasting shits in the face with your elbow.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/27/11 at 09:06 AM ET

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Posted by edillac from Rollin’ down the street on 09/27/11 at 07:32 AM ET

Wisniewski was 100% responsible for his actions.  Trying to shift the blame to Clutterbuck is wrong.  Whatever Clutterbuck may have said or done to Wisniewski is immaterial.  In my opinion, there is no defense for Wisniewski’s actions.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 09/27/11 at 09:43 AM ET

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Clutterbuck has now instigated over 18 games worth of suspensions. I have no problem with Shanny taking the Wiz to task, but can we look at the role of the “insitgator” as well?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/27/11 at 09:43 AM ET

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How could anyone put any blame on Clutterbuck? Here’s the difference—he played hard-nosed WITHIN the rules, while Wiz played hard-nosed OUTSIDE of them. Pretty plain and simple. Clutterbuck’s job is to hit D, get them off their game, get them rushing passes, and get them to take penalties. And he did it all cleanly. How can you criticize him?

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/27/11 at 10:08 AM ET

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In the distance, the ‘Wheel of Justice’ is turning in it’s grave.
It would have only given Wisniewski a 1-game suspension and a severe finger-wagging.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/27/11 at 10:13 AM ET

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How could anyone put any blame on Clutterbuck?

The accounts I have read on this site is that he put a late hit on a Columbus D, was challenged by Wiz, chose not to fight, then after the Final horn circled back at Wiznieski. That isn’t quite in the spirit of the game or clean by any stretch of the imagination. Wiznieski overreacted based on the suspension, but there needs to be some recognition as to what instigated the incident.

Even Gillies suspension last year was in retalitaion for Clutterbuck running a prone player into the boards from behind.  Gillies is an easy target to say he fully deserved the suspension because he isn’t much of a hockye player,  but Clutterbuck has a rep for a reason and I personally don’t think it is undeserved..

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/27/11 at 10:49 AM ET

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No one is saying suspension isn’t warranted but you have to wonder if there was better hit to send a such a stern message.  IMO 5 games for this would have been viewed just as harsh and could have sent the same message that Shanny is not fooling around.

To say Clutterbuck couldn’t have expected to get hit is a joke, he came right at him and was trying/hoping to get hit.  He is not a defenseless player, he wasn’t just skating by.

Would like to see Shanny clarify the value of being a repeat offender and distinguish how much that adds whatever suspension would be the play.  This ruling makes it appear that hitting someone facing you is much worse that than the hits from behind.

Sestito should be an interesting, blatant run with no previous NHL offenses that I am aware of.  Hope to see some consistency

Posted by puckeye on 09/27/11 at 10:52 AM ET

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Clutterbuck should have been suspended last year for the cheap shot he laid in that Islanders game which cause Gillies to retaliate and get his 10-game suspension the same day he came back from a 9-gamer.

STILL - even if Clutterbuck was being a dick (which he was)..
STILL - even if Clutterbuck intended to “bump” Wisniewski…

That does not excuse throwing an elbow at a guy who has his hands down (or up, for that matter).

Wisniewski deserves every single one of the ten games he got because he hasn’t learned from his past suspensions.

Still.. Clutterbuck is a shit and he’ll get his.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/27/11 at 11:05 AM ET

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CoIts not about hitting.. its hitting someone in the head.. 3 deaths and another retirement this summer for concussions.. sucks when it happens to your team but its not like shinny hasn’t made things clear and wiz hasn’t been an angel his career.. 

And as for anything goes retaliation.. you’re nuts.. mccarty waited almost a year before getting claude for his dirty check.. you have to control yourself out there if you want to win.. this isn’t the eastern conference.. yougotta play real disciplined hockey to make the playoffs

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 09/27/11 at 11:12 AM ET

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And now us Wings fans sit back and praise baby Jesus for Kenny’s wisdom in not signing this guy…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 09/27/11 at 11:55 AM ET

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Wisniewski was 100% responsible for his actions.

Absolutely. Every individual is 100% responsible for their own actions.

Just as Bert was, just as McSorley was. You cannot have it both ways. It is high time some lowered the boom.

Thank you, Shanny.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 09/27/11 at 12:48 PM ET

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It will be interesting to see this board’s response when Bert blows a fuse or Abdelkader “unintentionally” runs somebody into the boards from behind because of his speed.  Actually, I’ll be more interested in seeing Shanny’s response (Homer or No Homer) when a wing messes up.

Not saying the Wiz is not in the wrong at all, but these punishments are going to get worse and worse…for repeat and non-repeat offenders.

Columbus is still going to be a lot better this season even with the Wiz on the pine for the first 8 games.

Posted by DeathCabforWoody from Seattle, WA on 09/27/11 at 01:06 PM ET

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It will be interesting to see this board’s response when Bert blows a fuse or Abdelkader “unintentionally” runs somebody into the boards from behind because of his speed.

Perhaps.  If Abdelkader throws the same late-season elbow he did last year, I would expect him to be punished for it this year.

You keep waiting for the hypocrites to show up though.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/27/11 at 01:12 PM ET

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And now us Wings fans sit back and praise baby Jesus for Kenny’s wisdom in not signing this guy…

That was the first thing that crossed my mind when I read about this incident. Tick Tock not only saved the Wings over $2.6M in cap space, he saved the team from the embarassment of having a douche bag like WizPants wearing a Wings jersey.

It will be interesting to see this board’s response when Bert blows a fuse or Abdelkader “unintentionally” runs somebody into the boards from behind because of his speed.

As for Bert, the Unibomber hasn’t hit anyone harder than a “love tap” since he became a Wing. Unlike guys like WizPants, Bert learned his lesson.

And as for Abbi, well, I personally wish he had been disciplined last spring. And if he does anything like that again, I hope Shanny throws the book at him. He far too skilled a hockey player to be resorting to head hunting and/or elbow throwing.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/27/11 at 01:32 PM ET

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Actually, I’ll be more interested in seeing Shanny’s response (Homer or No Homer) when a wing messes up.

Or the Blues, or the Devils, or the Rangers.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 09/27/11 at 01:36 PM ET

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You keep waiting for the hypocrites to show up though.

I am sure I wont have to wait long.  The central will be an absolute battle every night this year.  Any players missing significant time because of suspensions will upset the masses…and there is only one other team fanbase with more NHL conspiracy theories than the CBJ (Hello Motor City!).

Or the Blues, or the Devils, or the Rangers.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

I have a feeling that Shanny has a little more love for Detroit than the other teams on your list, but hey…whatever.

Posted by DeathCabforWoody from Seattle, WA on 09/27/11 at 01:48 PM ET

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That does not excuse throwing an elbow at a guy who has his hands down (or up, for that matter).
Wisniewski deserves every single one of the ten games he got because he hasn’t learned from his past suspensions.
Still.. Clutterbuck is a shit and he’ll get his.

I agree with this and that was my initial point. Wiz deserves what he got, no questions asked. The next step is to ensure it isn’t just the retalitation that draws the suspension and scrutiny. This goes all the way back to Bertuzzi and Moore.

Shanahan has made a great leap forward from the wheel, but that isn’t to say that everything is going to be perfect. The fans need to keep the spotlight on the issue if we care about cleaning up the game.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/27/11 at 02:01 PM ET

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w00t!  Shanny laying it down hard.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 09/27/11 at 02:05 PM ET

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Shanahan has made a great leap forward from the wheel, but that isn’t to say that everything is going to be perfect. The fans need to keep the spotlight on the issue if we care about cleaning up the game.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/27/11 at 01:01 PM ET

Absolutely. Couldn’t agree more.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/27/11 at 02:12 PM ET

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I hate Clutterbuck as much as the next guy, but that board on Parenteau (?) last year wasn’t a suspendable play last year or this year. The guy turned his back after Clutterbuck committed to the hit. In all of these disciplinary videos Shanahan has made a point to note that the victims did no such thing, suggesting there wouldn’t have been a suspension had that been the case.

The two times this preseason I’ve seen a boarding victim turn his back just before the hit (Cleary on Samuelsson and Tangradi on, I think, Nystrom) there’s been no suspension. And really, there shouldn’t have been, in either case. There’s nothing the checker can do to avoid boarding a guy when the target twists toward the boards at the last second.

Also, Clutterbuck’s hit on Tyutin was late in the sense that it’s pointless to clobber a guy with 40 seconds left in a preseason game, not late in the sense that he hit him four seconds after the puck was gone. It may be stupid to feel you have to crush a guy in the last minute of a decided, meaningless game, but there’s no rule against it.

Clutterbuck is a gutless puke, but he doesn’t break very many rules unless the two-stride max before the hit is charging were to start being called by the letter of the law, which it never, ever has.

And Gillies flying forearm from behind was probably coming whether Clutterbuck hit his teammate or not. I’ve seen him do the same exact thing to some rookie who was going in for a linechange 100 feet away from the play.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/27/11 at 03:27 PM ET

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The next day I went out and bought a Wisniewski Jersey. That’s what we expect from him.

Posted by Nicholas Lorenzi on 09/27/11 at 03:35 PM ET

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The next day I went out and bought a Wisniewski Jersey. That’s what we expect from him.

You expect your star dman to sit out 10% of the season from bone-headed decisions?

I’m a Wisniewski fan, but this is not why they’re paying him $5M+ a season.
He’s there to provide offense and solid D in his zone.
He’s got some edge to him and the Blue Jackets want that too, but what he did to Clutterbuck, along with this ‘gesture’ to Avery indicates to me that he might not be working with a full deck of cards.

Even though I’m a Wings fan, I like the Bluejackets and I liked this signing.
But now, I’m wondering if James is going to be more of a hindrance than a help.
Especially now that teams know you can get under his skin so easily.
Wisniewski plays in a conference that features pests like Clutterbuck, Ott, Carcillo, Perry, Tootoo and even Abdelkaeder.
These guys are salivating at the thought of getting James off his game.

He can only help this team if he’s on the ice, not the penalty or press box.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/27/11 at 03:45 PM ET

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wasn’t a suspendable play last year or this year.

It was a boarding penalty, he ran Justin DiBenedetto, which is illegal whether suspendable or not so it wasn’t a question of turning late. Last year was under the wheel of Campbell so that should not be used as a precedent for suspensions.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/27/11 at 04:02 PM ET

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