Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Wideman ban upheld

NEW YORK — Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension for cross-checking a linesman.

The NHL announced the appeal decision Wednesday, and the NHL Players Association said it would appeal that ruling to a neutral arbitrator, the first such appeal under a power the players received in the most recent collective bargaining agreement, completed in 2013.

Wideman had a hearing with Bettman in New York last week after the player appealed the suspension handed down Feb. 3 by NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell.

Wideman knocked down linesman Don Henderson during the second period of the Flames' game against Nashville on Jan. 27. After Wideman was checked hard into the boards by Predators wing Miikka Salomaki, he banged his stick on the ice and then knocked down Henderson in front of the Nashville bench. Wideman said he was in pain and was just trying to get off the ice, and he couldn't avoid Henderson.

"I am troubled by Mr. Wideman's total failure to accept any responsibility for his actions," Bettman wrote in his decision. "Indeed, although he made much at the hearing about the apologies he had already made to Mr. Henderson, the sincerity of those apologies rings somewhat hollow given the text message he sent to a teammate on Feb. 2 — after the conclusion of the hearing before Mr. Campbell — that 'the only problem and the only reason I'm here is cause the stupid refs and stupid media.' "

Henderson, injured on the hit, hasn't worked a game since and is following the league's concussion protocol.

Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke was furious about the decision. He said it was "incomprehensible" that the league took a week to "rubber-stamp" the suspension as the Flames struggle to get into a playoff spot.

Wideman served the eighth game of his suspension Wednesday against the Wild.

Game highlights: Rookie wing Artemi Panarin scored his first hat trick and the Blackhawks rallied to beat the host Rangers 5-3 after blowing a two-goal lead. … Jarome Iginla scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 2:03 left, and the Avalanche beat the Canadiens 3-2. The Canadiens finished winless on a three-game trip.

Blackhawks 1 1 3 5
at Rangers 0 1 2 3

First Period1, Chicago, A.Desjardins 7 (Teravainen, Hjalmarsson), 3:30. PenaltiesNew York bench, served by Fast (high-sticking), 18:01.

Second Period2, Chicago, Panarin 20 (Gustafsson, Rozsival), 10:05 (pp). 3, N.Y. Rangers, Hayes 10 (Lindberg), 13:45. PenaltiesKreider, NYR (holding), 8:17; Hinostroza, Chi, double minor (high-sticking), 19:34.

Third Period4, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 20 (Yandle, Kreider), :24 (pp). 5, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 6 (Hayes, Miller), 2:17 (pp). 6, Chicago, Shaw 11 (Teravainen, Toews), 9:53 (pp). 7, Chicago, Panarin 21 (Kane, Seabrook), 17:00 (pp). 8, Chicago, Panarin 22 (Keith), 18:49 (en). PenaltiesStalberg, NYR (holding), 8:11; Yandle, NYR (holding), 16:30. Shots on GoalChicago 6-7-7—20. N.Y. Rangers 10-9-15—34. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 3 of 4; N.Y. Rangers 2 of 1. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 32-14-3 (34 shots-31 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 28-15-4 (19-15).

at Avalanche 0 2 1 3
Canadiens 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Montreal, Markov 4 (Plekanec, Gallagher), 7:40. PenaltiesSubban, Mon (holding), 10:42; J.Mitchell, Col (cross-checking), 13:20.

Second Period2, Colorado, Johnson 9 (Landeskog, Beauchemin), 3:31 (sh). 3, Montreal, Eller 10 (Pacioretty, Andrighetto), 6:38. 4, Colorado, Iginla 16 (Barrie, Duchene), 16:46 (pp). PenaltiesBodnarchuk, Col (cross-checking), 2:41; Lessio, Mon (tripping), 8:08; Iginla, Col (goaltender interference), 13:51; Eller, Mon (holding stick), 16:37.

Third Period5, Colorado, Iginla 17 (Grigorenko, Duchene), 17:57. PenaltiesGallagher, Mon (roughing), 18:42; Martinsen, Col (roughing), 18:42. Shots on GoalMontreal 11-13-10—34. Colorado 7-14-7—28. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 0 of 3; Colorado 1 of 3. GoaliesMontreal, Scrivens 3-5-0 (28 shots-25 saves). Colorado, Varlamov 22-15-3 (34-32).

Wideman ban upheld 02/17/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Who took a knee? How each NFL team responded to Donald Trump's tweets about anthem protests


    NFL players, coaches and owners across the league reacted in various ways on Sunday to remarks from President Donald Trump speaking about NFL players who have protested during the national anthem.

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Florida State out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2011


    Florida State's first 0-2 start since 1989 has led to another low.

  3. Bucs' Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson kneel during national anthem


    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings, two days after President Donald Trump made critical remarks about NFL …

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. Matt Baker's AP Top 25 college football ballot


    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher still thinks he can have a good team. Maybe he's right.

  5. For starters: Rays at Orioles, with a different look to things


    UPDATE, 12:40: The Orioles said Bundy was scratched due to a left hamstring strain.

    The Rays are starting their All-Star pitcher, Chris Archer.