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Today's legal news comes from Reuters...
The NHL’s players union on Friday urged a U.S. court not to grant Commissioner Gary Bettman broad power to override arbitrators when deciding how severely to discipline players for improper on-ice conduct.
Citing a recent appeals court ruling against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the NHL Players’ Association said Bettman should not be allowed to restore a 20-game suspension of Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman for hitting a linesman, after an arbitrator cut the ban to 10 games.
The NHL had sued to revive the longer suspension on June 8, contending that the arbitrator reviewing the matter under the league’s collective agreement was not “neutral,” and ignored substantial evidence justifying the original ban.
But in a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the NHLPA said Wideman’s 10-game ban should stand.
Citing the April 25 court ruling restoring Brady’s four-game suspension from the NFL for deflating footballs, the union said federal courts have only “narrowly circumscribed” authority to review labor arbitration decisions.
“A federal court may not require perfection in arbitration awards,” the union said. “The court must simply ensure that the arbitrator was even arguably construing or applying the contract and acting within the scope of his authority and did not ignore the plain language of the contract. There can be no credible dispute that this was the case here.”
And the Associated Press:
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.
You can read the legalese by clicking the link in the tweet.
IMO, not the best timing with a possible Stanley Cup clinching game tomorrow night.
via Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,
Flames D Dennis Wideman suffered an upper-body injury during the opening stanza — he collided with Colborne as Frolik was scoring Calgary’s second goal — and did not return. In his post-game presser, Hartley told reporters “the preliminary reports that we got from the medical staff are not very good.” Wideman will have further medical testing Thursday.
The NHL and NHLPA released a multi-page PDF explaining the ruling from the arbitrator, so here is the basic information you need to know.
NEW YORK (March 11, 2016) – The National Hockey League released the following statement today regarding the decision in the appeal of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension:
“We are in receipt of Arbitrator James Oldham’s Opinion in the appeal of Dennis Wideman’s supplementary discipline suspension and reducing the suspension from 20 to 10 games. We strenuously disagree with the Arbitrator’s ruling and are reviewing the Opinion in detail to determine what next steps may be appropriate. We will have no further comment until we have completed our review. In light of and in response to Arbitrator Oldham’s Opinion, Mr. Wideman will be reinstated and will be eligible to participate in his team’s games, effective immediately.”
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Being suspended for six weeks, denigrated by countless fans and scribes, fined half a million dollars and having an embarrassing personal text exposed to the world will do that to a man.
“It’s been tough,” admitted Wideman, exactly 42 days after he crosschecked linesman Don Henderson to draw a 20-game suspension.
“It’s been a long time. It’s been a long process. You try to deal with it and stay as positive as I can be, especially when I’m around the guys. But no, it’s been difficult.
“There’s some times I’m pretty frustrated and there’s other times I understand that this takes a while and there’s a lot that goes into it.”
And still, six weeks after the fact, no final ruling on his second appeal....
The only thing everyone will agree on once this highly controversial journey ends is that it took far too long.
That has to change.
Wednesday’s visit to Calgary by the Predators marked the 19th game Wideman has missed due to his transgression.
The public relations nightmare that would follow a reduction in the defenceman’s sentence would turn this regrettable dance into yet another punchline.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
More than three weeks after being rocked by a Dennis Wideman crosscheck, the Calgary Sun has learned linesman Don Henderson is still battling concussion symptoms that threaten to end his season.
As if there weren’t enough issues for the arbitrator to consider as part of Wideman’s suspension appeal, Henderson’s injuries sustained in the Jan. 27 collision with the Flames defenceman still have the 47-year-old official unable to start exercising at all.
“He still can’t do anything because he hasn’t gone two days symptom-free,” said a source familiar with Henderson’s back pain and concussion struggles since the collision that earned Wideman a 20-game suspension.
“I don’t think he’s coming back anytime soon, if at all.”
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.
TORONTO (February 17, 2016): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) issued the following statement this evening regarding the National Hockey League’s (NHL) decision to uphold Dennis Wideman’s suspension for 20 games:
“We are extremely disappointed but not surprised that Gary Bettman upheld the decision of his staff to suspend Dennis Wideman for 20 games. This decision completely ignores the effects of the concussion that Dennis sustained when he was driven into the boards eight seconds before colliding with the linesman. We will appeal to the Neutral Discipline Arbitrator in order to have this decision overturned.”
From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:
What did the Flames know and when did they know it?
That will become the critical issue in the aftermath of the Dennis Wideman incident that could become the NHL’s Concussiongate once all appeals are exhausted and the final verdict is handed down on the Calgary defenseman, currently serving a 20-game suspension under Rule 40.2 for having violently crosschecked (my words) linesman Don Henderson on Jan. 27.
The rule that stipulates “intent to injure” was applied even though the league acknowledged Wideman had suffered a brain injury as the result of taking a hard check into the glass/dasher seconds before running into — or running — Henderson.
The later diagnosed concussion will figure prominently in the NHLPA’s appeal to league commissioner Gary Bettman. While it is unfathomable that the commissioner will reduce the sentence and incur the wrath of the officials working the ice — Yellow Sunday, anyone? — an all but inevitable ensuing appeal to an independent arbitrator could well yield a different result.
Because the sub-question to the one posed above is, can a player in the immediate aftermath of suffering a brain injury form the intent to do anything, much less injure an official? Believe me, that’s posed as a question; I am not playing the role of a physician in this space.
from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Herald,
Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman broke his silence Thursday, issuing a public apology to linesman Don Henderson and saying he is “disappointed” with the 20-game suspension he was handed by the NHL after his ugly collision with the official last week.
Reading from notes, Wideman addressed the media after practising with his Flames teammates at the Saddledome, his first skate since the incident.
With the NHLPA currently appealing the suspension on his behalf, the 32-year-old did not answer questions.
“Firstly, I want to apologize to Donnie Henderson,” Wideman said. “I feel awful about what happened. Hopefully, he’s recovering and he’s going to be back on the ice soon, but I feel really bad about the whole situation. The last seven days have been tough.
“Never in my career have I ever disrespected or done anything like this to an official. I think I’ve prided myself on having a great working relationship with the officials, and I hope to continue that when I get out there. But again, I just want to apologize to Donnie. I feel awful about what happened.
continue for more from Wideman...
added 3:37pm, Watch Wideman's statement below via Sportsnet.
TORONTO (February 3, 2016): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) issued the following statement today regarding the National Hockey League’s (NHL) decision to suspend Dennis Wideman for 20 games:
“We strongly disagree with the League’s decision to suspend Dennis Wideman. Dennis has played in 11 NHL seasons and almost 800 games without incident. The facts, including the medical evidence presented at the hearing, clearly demonstrate that Dennis had no intention to make contact with the linesman. An appeal has been filed on the player’s behalf.”
“We were informed earlier today that our player, Dennis Wideman, was suspended for contact with an official in last Wednesday’s game against Nashville. We disagree with the severity of today’s suspension ruling and maintain that Dennis’ collision with the linesman was unintentional and accidental. We agree that our officials’ safety and well-being is of extreme importance in order to allow them to perform their duties. They perform an invaluable but underappreciated role in our game. We support sanctions against players who make deliberate contact with any official. However, unintentional and accidental contact does occur at times in our game. We will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”
President of Hockey Operations
added below is the NHL explanation video of the suspension...
Will update as more information becomes available.
added 2:01pm, NHL release is below...
added 2:04pm, video of the hit is below too...
Missed what happened? Watch it here.
NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2016) – Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended pending a hearing with NHL Hockey Operations on Tuesday, February 2, for an incident involving linesman Don Henderson during NHL Game No. 742 Wednesday, January 27, at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The incident occurred at 11:19 of the second period.
This play is definitely going to be reviewed by the NHL, but I'm not sure what decision they're going to make. Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman got hit very hard by Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki, and as Wideman gets up and goes to the bench, linesman Don Henderson...do we go with "gets in the way" or "got clipped by Wideman?" Both things appear to have happened:
At 1 AM, TSN posted this:
Afterwards Wideman said the incident was "completely unintentional and I already apologized to him".
"Throughout my career I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect and I'd never try to intentionally hit a linesman or ref," explained Wideman. "I was kind of keeled over and at the last second I saw him and couldn't avoid it. I couldn't see him and didn't know where to go or how to get away from him. It was an accident and I feel really bad about it."
Update: For comparison's sake, see: Milan Loosick...I mean Milan Lucic...slugging Jay Sharrers in the face while trying to get at Cody McLeod:
That'll get reviewed, too.
added 7:17am, Wideman's explanation, watch below...
First the good goal by Alex Ovechkin...
The bad goal goes to the Calgary Flames, watch it below...
NHL.com's Kevin Woodley needs to explain this before you see it:
Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen left the game after collapsing briefly on the bench shortly after taking a hit early in the second period against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Hansen was conscious and on his feet moments later but had to be helped to the locker room by medical staff.
CBC reported that Hansen was being observed in the Canucks dressing room and was not taken to a hospital. It later said he was walking to the Canucks' workout room.
Hansen took a hit from Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman in the corner and was hunched over as he skated straight off. He remained hunched over as he sat on the bench while play continued, then slumped forward, his body appearing to go limp as teammates caught him and banged their sticks on the boards to get the attention of referees, who stopped play while medical staff rushed out from behind the Canucks net.
Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Oake was the one who reported that Hansen was walking on his own, but, via Yahoo Sports' Josh Cooper, that's pretty damn amazing:
I can only make a speculative and educated guess here: if Hansen was concussed or otherwise "had his bell rung" by the Wideman hit, it could've taken some time for his body to process that reaction and wooziness to hit.
Note- NSFW language...
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired and signed defenseman Dennis Wideman from Washington in exchange for Jordan Henry and a 5th round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Wideman, a native of Kitchener, Ontario, has played over 500 career games with 67 goals, 184 assists for 251 points over the course of seven NHL seasons with time spent in St. Louis, Boston, Florida and Washington. Last season with the Capitals, Wideman had his second best offensive season tallying 11 goals along with a team high 35 assists for 46 points in 82 games which tied him for third in team scoring and lead all blue-liners with the Capitals.
Contract terms: 5 year contract with an Average Annual Value of $5,250,000
from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,
Asked Saturday if there is anything new with possible negotiations with the two veterans, Caps general manager George McPhee said, “Not at this point. We’ll get back to that stuff this week.”
Asked if Semin and Wideman are likely to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, McPhee nodded his head and said, “Yeah, they might.”
more on the Capitals…
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he’s “gotta believe” that Dennis Wideman will miss at least the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. How much time the defensemen will miss exactly while he recovers from a leg hematoma and compartment syndrome that resulted in his leg being cut open to drain the blood and relieve pressure in his thigh, that is still far from certain.
“We don’t know,” Boudreau said when asked if there was any timeline for Wideman’s return. “It’s one of those things that, again, this time next week we’ll know a lot more than we know now, but it depends on how his rehab goes and how quick he takes to it.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Not only is defenceman Dennis Wideman not in the lineup tonight for the Washington Capitals, there’s no telling when he might return.
Wideman is currently in a Washington hospital with a significant leg hematoma as a result of a hit Tuesday by Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu.
A hematoma is caused by a contusion where blood escapes or leaks from an artery, vein or capillary into soft tissue, such as a muscle, where it does not belong.
via Mike Vogel of Dump ‘n Chase,
Washington made a move with division rival Florida, finalizing a deal with the Panthers at 11:15 on Monday. The Caps sent minor league forward Jake Hauswirth and their third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to the Florida Panthers in exchange for puck-moving defenseman Dennis Wideman.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Jake Hauswirth and a third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Wideman, 27, is a seven-year NHL veteran who has played for the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins and the Panthers. The 6’, 200-pound defenseman has appeared in 439 career NHL games, recording 55 goals, 143 assists and 325 penalty minutes. This season, Wideman has 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) and 33 penalty minutes while playing in 61 games for the Panthers.
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.
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Futility in Sunrise has persisted for far too long, with the Florida Panthers on the brink of a dubious record after nine consecutive non-playoff seasons. Incoming general manager Dale Tallon has moved quickly in putting his stamp on the team with several transactions since taking over, but nothing to this point appears bold enough to turn his club from last season’s Southeast Division cellar dwellers into a postseason participant.
Sadly, more patience may be in order for long-suffering Panthers fans.
Even so, all is not lost for the NHL’s southernmost franchise, with several key pieces already in place for the future (and others right around the corner) and it isn’t as though the current roster is without talent as is. Still, a couple of major stumbling points remain for the Panthers. The 24 games they will play versus fellow Southeast clubs, three of whom look to be vastly improved and the fourth being the stalwart Washington Capitals, certainly won’t help and the expiring contracts for defenseman Bryan McCabe and goaltender Tomas Vokoun will have to be dealt with (and quite possibly dealt altogether), without either situation becoming a distraction.
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In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.
(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)
Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!
It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.
Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).
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The Boston Bruins and defenceman Dennis Wideman have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing on a new four-year deal worth $15.75 million, Sportsnet has learned.
The 25-year-old, Kitchener, ON native made $600,000 last season.
From Kevin Dupont at Bruins Blog,
Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, in line for a big pay boost as a restricted free agent, has filed for salary arbitration, which could affect how the club conducts business around the upcoming free agency period that begins Tuesday.
The action by Wideman, confirmed this afternoon by a source with first-hand knowledge of the on-going negotiations between the Bruins and the defenseman, allows the club not to be concerned about buying out players prior to Monday’s deadline.
continued… with more Bruins personnel updates