NHL Season 2010: Suspensions, Injuries and New Contracts: The Reinders Reader

October 13th, 2010 by Josh Reinders Leave a reply »
James Wisniewski was suspended for two games yesterday, for making a lewd gesture toward Sean Avery. That's right, I said Sean Avery. It's probably the only time in his career Avery will be on the opposite side of an incident like this. When asked about the incident, Wisniewski played the dumb puppy routine, claiming that he didn't remember enacting the gesture and saying "A lot of actions on the ice are regrettable, I've been given a suspension from the league, and I'm going to accept it and move on from here." At least he is taking it and moving on. Avery spoke out on it earlier saying ""Can you imagine if I did that? They sent me to rehab the last time I did something. It's crazy." He is right though. He himself created the double standard he now sees.


Niklas Hjalmarsson was also suspended yesterday, for an identical two games, albeit for a completely different incident. The incident in question was a hit that was called boarding in the game. The sentence was handed down and it was very much based on the injury Jason Pominville received from the hit. As much as fans don't like it, the league does (as Bob McKenzie pointed out) suspend based on injur ...

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