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January 29 2016 06:00AM
LeafsNation is now TankNation, Wideman runs over ref in Calgary, Barkov's contract impact on Sean Monahan, a Horvat for Douin trade possible in Vancouver, Ken Holland shouldn't have a phone at the trade deadline, Jets look to sign Byfuglien and not Ladd, Nail Yakupov positive possession in Edmonton, a look around the NHL at the break, all kinds of trade deadline scenarios and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
January 28 2016 02:15PM
During the second period of the Calgary Flames' matchup against the Nashville Predators, Dennis Wideman took a hit from Miikka Salomaki. Wideman appeared stunned from the play, and attempted to skate back to his bench. On his way, he ended up crosschecking linesman Don Henderson: an action that could see him suspended, as per section 40 of the NHL rulebook.
There are a lot of wrinkles to this story. Wideman may or may not have been fully aware of his actions at the time of his crosscheck. Said crosscheck ultimately sent Henderson to the hospital. And it was the final game before the All-Star Break, meaning everyone is, well, on break.
As a result, Wideman has been suspended indefinitely, pending a hearing to be conducted following the All-Star Break.
Details being finalized. Appears Wideman hearing targeting Tuesday.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 28, 2016
January 28 2016 11:00AM
The Flames are on the verge of something they haven't done all season: being completely healthy. From pre-season onwards, the Flames have consistently dealt with injuries to their lineup, particularly in the forward group. As soon as somebody gets healthy, somebody else goes down, and so it goes.
Except not this time. Heading into the All-Star Break, the Flames suffered no new injuries, undisclosed ones to Joe Colborne and Josh Jooris aside (it's hard to imagine they'll warrant a trip to the injured reserve). And with Micheal Ferland, the one Flame still on I.R., set to return immediately after, it means that finally, at long last, somebody will have to be sent down (assuming no Dennis Wideman suspension incoming, which remains unclear at this time).
The Flames have a couple of forwards they've alternated as healthy scratches, as well as one waiver-exempt player in Markus Granlund. So... who goes? Because somebody has to.
January 28 2016 08:00AM
Photo credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports
The Flames are, by the thinnest of definitions, still in the playoff race. They're currently eight points out of the Pacific's final playoff spot with a game in hand, although the Ducks, fourth in the division, have a game in hand on the Flames and are a mere two points out.
So mathematically, they still have a chance. But anybody who's being honest with themselves - and anybody whose job doesn't rely on stepping on the ice or behind a bench - knows it's over, and it's time to look to the future.
It's probably a good thing.
January 27 2016 11:12PM
The talk of the arena - and social media - following Calgary's 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators was a late second period collision between Flames defender Dennis Wideman and linesman Don Henderson.
The big question: Will Wideman face discipline from the National Hockey League for the incident?