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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Anton Khudobin.
“James is a veteran defenseman who has proven his ability to produce offensively,” said Francis. “He has a big, right-handed shot, and he will be an important part of our blueline and power play moving forward.”
Wisniewski, 31, completed his 10th NHL season in 2014-15, totaling eight goals and 26 assists (34 points) in 69 games with Columbus and Anaheim. The Canton, MI, native ranked tied for third among NHL defensemen in power-play goals (7). He played 56 games for the Blue Jackets before being acquired by Anaheim at the trade deadline in exchange for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
“I haven’t really at any time wanted to be traded,” Wisniewski said. “I’ve always wanted to be a Columbus Blue Jacket. I love it here. As of right now, I’m a Columbus Blue Jacket. I’m here to win hockey games.”
more and other Columbus notes...
Told James Wisniewski's list of 10 no-trade teams was put together in a way to make it more difficult for #CBJ to trade. In other words ...
... teams with no cap room and no need for offensive defensemen were approved, while teams with glaring need/cap room were on no-trade list.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski, a healthy scratch on Sunday vs. the New York Rangers, expects to be back in the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres in Nationwide Arena.
But he might not be wearing the Blue Jackets sweater much longer, if the club gets its wish.
Wisniewski has a modified no-trade clause in his contract, by which he can list the 10 teams to which he would NOT approve a trade. The Blue Jackets requested that list from Wisniewski last Monday, Feb. 17.
That leaves 19 teams to which Wisniewski can be traded, and two sources told The Dispatch last night that the Blue Jackets are shopping Wisniewski.
"I want to be here," Wisniewski told The Dispatch this morning. "They know I want to be here."
“I hate to sound so corny, but winning solves everything. With the group of guys like we have, it’s unbelievable. We’re all like brothers. It’s like a big fraternity in here. We all care for one another, and we play for one another. I think that’s one of the reasons we’re having so much success.”
-James Wisniewski of the Columbus Blue Jackets. More on the Blue Jackets from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Marian Gaborik and defenseman James Wisniewski off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Both players are expected to return to action when Columbus hosts the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
The Blue Jackets will be without defenseman James Wisniewski long term after he suffered a broken bone in a foot during Sunday's 1-0 loss in Chicago. It's the latest hit to a Blue Jackets blue line that has endured many already this season.
"Wiz .. he's going to be out over an extended period of time," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said.
With defenseman Jack Johnson out of the lineup at least another week with a right shoulder injury, the Blue Jackets are ravaged once again. Johnson and Wisniewski opened the season as the Blue Jackets' top pair, but were amicably separated a week or so ago.
Wisniewski's going to be a while, though the club hasn't stated a target return date. Johnson could return to skating next week, Richards said.
added 2/3/13 at 5:57am
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman James Wisniewski off injured reserve, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Wisniewski missed the last 17 games due to an ankle injury suffered at Dallas on December 29.
Wisniewski has collected two goals and 15 assists for 17 points with 25 penalty minutes in 29 games this season, ranking third among club defensemen in scoring. He has also logged a team-leading 24:48 average time on ice, which ranks 15th among all NHL players.
via Aaron Portzline tweet,
Scott Howson on Wisniewski’s ankle: “It’s broken. Our docs will look at him tomorrow.” Not necessarily a season-ending injury, he said.
Wisniewski blocked a shot tonight during the Columbus/Dallas game which the Blue Jackets won 4-1.
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.
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.
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.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Wisniewski, who declined to comment yesterday, has arguments in his favor and arguments working against him.
The Blue Jackets continue to stress — and they will make this point to Shanahan today — that Wisniewski was defending himself when he and Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck clashed just after the final horn.
The fracas started with less than a minute to go, when Clutterbuck took a run at Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin. The hit sparked the ire of Wisniewski, who approached Clutterbuck moments later but couldn’t provoke him into a fight.
When the final buzzer sounded, Clutterbuck circled around and skated in Wisniewski’s direction. When they met, Wisniewski blasted Clutterbuck with his elbow and shoulder, sending him to the ice.
NEW YORK (September 24, 2011)—Minnesota Wild forward Brad Staubitz has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing and the completion of a review by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for an incident that occurred in Friday night’s preseason game in St. Paul, NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.
Staubitz received a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind 4:24 into the third period.
NEW YORK (September 24, 2011) – Columbus Blue Jackets’ defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing and the completion of a review by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for an incident that occurred in Friday night’s preseason game in St. Paul, NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.
Wisniewski received a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck 20:00 into the third period.
Not typically a big ‘playoff thing,’ but apparently it’s a bit of a Fight Night in the NHL tonight. Here’s James Wisniewski taking on Shane Hnidy.
Wisniewski made the flight to Calgary but his status will be updated today.
Paul Mara made it to Edmonton for tonight’s game, but his equipment did not. Thus, he couldn’t dress.
Now the Habs are down a defenceman for the rest of the game after James Wisniewski took a Taylor Hall shot in the face.
Didn’t Alanis Morissette write a song about situations just like this?
I’m back from a wonderful vacation to Atlantic Canada, and the Habs are back from their worst road trip in a couple of years. While I wasn’t able to see all the games (hiking Newfoundland took priority - my Lord is it beautiful! Anyone living out there is very, very lucky), I saw enough to know the Canadiens are in trouble. That’s obvious to anyone, as they’ve fallen from the top of the Eastern Conference to eighth, and four points away from losing their playoff spot.
So what’s a General Manager to do?
As you’ve undoubtedly read by now, the Canadiens acquired defenceman James Wisniewski from the New York Islanders for a 2nd and conditional 5th round pick. My initial reaction? Great move. The Habs deal a valuable pick, yes, but they add a key piece for more than half the season. This isn’t a deadline pick-up - they’ll have The Wiz for fifty games this year.
Wisniewski brings a right handed shot, a power play presence, and solid, physical play to a defence sorely lacking in all three categories. It also creates a logjam, as the Canadiens now have seven serviceable defencemen.
What happens with PK Subban? How about Yanick Weber, who has been a solid call-up in his slate of appearances?
via the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders have acquired from the Montreal Canadiens their compensatory second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft as well as a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski.
The Canadiens acquired the compensatory pick after not signing their former first round pick, David Fisher.
The Canton, Michigan native joined the Islanders on July 30 through a trade from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Wisniewski played in 32 of the Islanders 34 games this season, recording 21 points (three goals and 18 assists).
I’m a little late to the party on this topic, though I’ve shared a thought or two on Twitter this week, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least offer some extended opinion on the recent suspensions handed out to James Wisniewski of the New York Islanders and Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Wisniewski, of course, was banned for a pair of games for making what the NHL dubbed an “inappropriate gesture” directed toward Rangers forward Sean Avery, while Hjalmarsson got the same sentence for a dangerous, blind side hit on Buffalo’s Jason Pominville.
Pominville was concussed on the play and there is said to be no time table for his return to the Sabres lineup. Avery – go figure, be he the perpetrator or the “victim”, involved in yet another incident – suffered, perhaps, some shame and hurt feelings because of Wisniewski’s gesture. But he’s a big boy. He’s over it already, I’m sure.
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via Darren Dreger tweet,
2 games for Wisniewski
TORONTO (October 12, 2010)—New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $79,268.30 in salary for directing an inappropriate gesture toward New York Rangers player Sean Avery during NHL game #28 on October 11. The incident occurred during a stoppage of play in the first period.
Wisniewski, who was suspended for eight games on March 17, 2010, is considered 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 (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Wisniewski will miss the Islanders’ next two games—Oct. 13 at Washington and Oct. 15 at Pittsburgh. He is eligible to return Oct. 16 against Colorado.
Today’s three cheers, saluting those who deserve as much for their performances yesterday:
***Cheers to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, whose 41 saves thwarted the efforts of his former club, the Florida Panthers en route to the first win of the season for the Canucks. Luongo’s .973 save percentage through his club’s first two games is hardly anything to scoff at and his quick start is a great sign for a Canucks team with extremely high hopes for the season. As for Florida, 42 shots on goal are great but three goals through two games won’t get the job done and that sort of paltry offensive production could be exactly what keeps the Panthers from succeeding this season. Tomas Vokoun can only keep opponents at bay to a certain extent.
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The Bolts Beat, 10/12/10: Lightning Home Opener, Road Trip Ahead, Devils Dilemmas, Wisniewski & More
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mike and Mark recap the Lightning’s successful home opener and preview their road trip ahead. The boys also discuss the current (disasterous) state of the New Jersey Devils and the James Wisniewski/Sean Avery incident (how about that? “Sean Avery” and “incident” in the same sentence? Shocker…) Finally, JJ blows his top (again) in the latest installment of “What the Hell Was THAT?”
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So how are Gary Bettman and his NHL hockey operations personnel going to explain to children what James Wisniewski mouthed and gestured at Sean Avery on the ice during the first period of this afternoon’s match at the Coliseum?
Wisniewski repeatedly made signals unmistakably relating to oral sex with 5:09 remaining in the first period of today’s 6-4 Islanders’ victory over the Rangers at the Coliseum after Avery drove to the net and semi-sprayed Rick DiPietro.
update 2:33pm, replaced original video with one of better quality.
Stars Coach Marc Crawford said after the game that the recipient of the hit, Jamie Benn, was fine.
via Katie Strang tweet,
The Islanders have traded a conditional third-round pick in 2011 for Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski
added 8:13pm, via the New York Islanders,
“We see James as a key addition to our team and we feel our fans will connect with his style of play,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He is a solid puck-moving defenseman who can bring an added element of toughness to our blue-line.”
added 9:27pm, via Anaheim Ducks tweet,
(GM) Murray on Wiz trade: “It was a tough situation… But I have other plans, that’s the thing.”
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Wisniewski in Anaheim hits pay dirt with a settlement of 3.25M on a 1 year deal.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
In supporting the eight-game suspension of defenseman James Wisniewski late Thursday afternoon, Ducks GM Bob Murray said his player “crossed the line” with his hit on Chicago’s Brent Seabrook in Wednesday’s night game at Honda Center.
But Murray also took issue with Wisniewski’s punishment of eight games as handed down by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell following a morning hearing with the parties involved.
“First of all, we love the way Wiz plays and we want him to play the game hard,” Murray said. ”That’s how he has to play and he’s very effective doing that. In this instance, he crossed the line. He went too far and he knows he was going to get suspended. I applaud the league cracking down on these things.”
This via Pierre LeBrun’s Twitter,
Ducks GM Bob Murray just now on Quenneville: ``I strongly suggest Joel worries about his goaltending and stops trying to run the NHL.”
added 8:16pm, this from Chis Kuc’s Twitter,
More from Ducks GM Bob Murray: “I played in Chicago a long time. ... It used to be a black-and-blue town. It didn’t have whiners.”
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Confirmed 8 games for Wisniewski. Which means he waived his right to an in-person hearing which a player has a right to for five-games plus
added 6:41pm, Quote from Colin Campbell,
“Mr. Wisniewski delivered a retaliatory hit to the head of an opponent who never had possession of the puck,” said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. “The fact that Mr. Wisniewski is a repeat offender also entered into this decison.”
added 7:05pm, Bettman addressed the head hits, etc. in his weekly NHL Hour. Read about it at NHL.com.
added 7:07pm, via the Ducks PR department,
Statement from James Wisniewski on his suspension
“I am truly sorry that my friend Brent Seabrook was hurt on the play. I certainly wish him the best. I am, however, very disappointed in the length of the suspension. Eight games is incredibly hard to swallow, especially in comparison to other recent hits that have resulted in lesser punishment.”
via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
What a cheap shot by Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski on Brent Seabrook in the second period on Wednesday night.
A high-stick/elbow/charge to Seabrook’s face, and all he got was a minor penalty for charging. Gutless no-call by referees Paul Devorski and Ian Walsh.
Wisniewski’s head shot knocked Seabrook out and he retired to the dressing room. The Hawks later announced that Seabrook wouldn’t be returning to the game.
watch two videos of the hit below… the first from the Ducks crew and the second is a bit raw and from the Chicago crew…
“In my opinion, there’s nothing more I can do. made a hockey play. There’s a lot of opinions out there that say that’s a clean hit. And then to hear all four referees tell me it was a clean hit. They had a pretty good view of it too.
“For me to get a two-game suspension … nothing I can really do about it.”
-Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski on his two game suspension. More from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.
TORONTO (November 2, 2009) – Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games, without pay, for delivering a forearm blow to the head of Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan in NHL game #189, October 31, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 7:12 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Wisniewski will forfeit $28,497.40. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Wisniewski said he got injured midway through the third period when Flyers forward Daniel Briere checked him while he was on the ice as the two went after a loose puck in the defensive zone.
Days later, the hit still leaves the defender miffed at Briere.
“He decided to finish his check while I’m lying on the ice,” Wisniewski said. “Well, my arms were laying straight out. Actually, he even went a little bit lower to get a little more piece of me, which to me is kind of a dirty hit.
“I mean, there’s no need to do that when a guy is in a vulnerable spot to go ahead and finish your check. But that happened. Stuff happens. My shoulder just kind of got crunched against the boards and that was it.”
The Ducks announced today they have signed defenseman James Wisniewski to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
“James Wisniewski was a big part of our team’s turnaround last season,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Being only 25 years old, we expect him to continue improving and make a large impact on our team going forward.”
via Mark Whicker of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks are a few days away from wrapping up their off-season player acquisition activities, and they are expected to take a big step by re-signing James Wisniewski, who is a restricted free agent.
Although it hasn’t been announced, the indications are that the Ducks are close to giving the talented defenseman a 1-year deal with a salary in the neighborhood of $2.5 million, which would hold off an arbitration hearing.
The Ducks participated in an upbeat practice today and James Wisniewski did participate. Wisniewski has not been cleared to play yet but will be seeing a doctor before game time tomorrow.
Ryan Getzlaf did not skate but participated in off-ice workouts at the arena this morning.
via Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Wisniewski was elbowed in the mouth by Tomas Holmstrom at about the same time he blocked Pavel Datsyuk’s shot with his chest. Wisniewski was taken to UCI Medical Center (because of the shot to his chest) for precautionary reasons. He left the game on a stretcher, bleeding from his mouth (because of the elbow).
Not really sure if I agree with that description.
added 8:24am, After tests tonight at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski has been diagnosed with a lung contusion. He will remain overnight at the hospital as a precautionary measure and is doing well.
via press release from the Chicago Blackhawks:
James Wisniewski to Undergo Knee Surgery
The following statement was issued today by Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry of University of Chicago Medical Center:
“James reinjured his right knee while training for the upcoming season. He has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery this week. We anticipate full recovery and his return during the 2008-09 season.”
Chicago Blackhawk defenceman James Wisniewski will get his day in court with the NHL.
Wisniewski received a match penalty for cross-checking Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson in the face on Tuesday night and the match penalty carries with it an indefinite suspension pending a review by the league.
The league has reviewed it and decided to proceed with a supplementary discipline hearing today.