Indefinite Suspension of Dennis Wideman Is NHL’s Smartest Option Ahead of ASG

January 28th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Wednesday night, one of the weirdest incidents of this NHL season took place during the second period of a game between the Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators. Defenceman Dennis Wideman seemed to attack linesman Don Henderson as he made his way to the Flames bench.

The league decided to do the sensible thing and take its time making a decision. On Thursday, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the NHL had opted to suspend Wideman indefinitely and arrange for a hearing before determining a final sentence:

It was a bizarre sequence of events. Wideman isn’t exactly noted for playing a physical game; he hasn’t even cracked 50 penalty minutes since 2008. A linesman is somewhere near the bottom on the list of targets for an angry player to vent his rage on, somewhere below the 20 skaters dressed for the other team and the two referees in terms of likelihood. Add in a hit that slammed Wideman’s head off the glass right before he made his way to the bench, and the NHL has a lot to go over.

It’s worthwhile at this point to break down the factors the NHL will need to consider, and to do ...

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