February 03 2016 05:45PM
There's something fishy about the entire Dennis Wideman situation. It was an odd incident to begin with - there's a reason we never hear about, let alone discuss, players crosschecking linesmen - but now, there's a whole new factor to take into account.
Prior to Wideman crosschecking Don Henderson, he himself was hit, and grabbed his own head before making his way back to his bench. It was seconds after his own head was hit into the glass he encountered Henderson, and subsequently hit him.
The NHLPA's statement of appeal for Wideman's 20-game suspension cites "medical evidence" presented at the nearly-two hour hearing he had on Feb. 2. They almost certainly pertain to Wideman apparently injuring his head - even though he stayed in the game.
February 03 2016 03:40PM
Dennis Wideman's suspension could have posed major complications. Suspended players typically count on a team's roster, meaning the Flames would have been one player short for the duration of Wideman's 20-game suspension (barring a successful appeal).
Fortunately for the Flames, that's not the case. Wideman is currently a non-roster player, as it appears the NHL has given the Flames an exemption for his lengthy suspension.
Also, Micheal Ferland has been activated from the injured reserve, officially putting the Flames at 23 players with a fully healthy roster.
February 03 2016 02:00PM
(James Gullory - USA Today Sports)
After a week off to lick their wounds, the Calgary Flames' march to the post-season OR a draft lottery pick begins tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames have 34 games remaining on the docket to claw their way back to the playoffs or to slide their way to Auston Matthews.
Their quest (in one direction or the other) begins with a mission of revenge tonight at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flames visited Carolina in mid-January as part of their five-game road trip, and came away with a 5-2 loss.
The puck drops at 7:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan! (It's a late game on the national feed, so make sure you brew some coffee and pray for those on print deadlines.)
February 03 2016 12:11PM
It's been a week since Dennis Wideman's bizarre, fateful collision with linesman Don Henderson. Or hit. Or crosscheck. Call it what you will, but back on Jan. 27, the Flames blueliner did something illegal to an official, and now, he's paying the price for it.
Wideman has been suspended 20 games for his actions. He will almost certainly appeal, but for now: that's 20 games gone, and $564,516.13 in salary lost.
February 03 2016 10:37AM
Dennis Wideman's impending suspension complicates things for the Flames. It would leave them with just six available defencemen, which isn't an ideal situation for any team. But they've found a way to rectify that: the Calgary Flames have recalled Jakub Nakladal from the Stockton Heat.
To make room for Nakladal, the Flames have sent Mason Raymond - who was placed on waivers yesterday, and subsequently (and unsurprisingly) cleared - down to the Stockton Heat.
With Micheal Ferland still on the injured reserve, the Flames continue to have 24 players up with the big club. Pretty much the only way Ferland can be activated in time for tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes is either via a trade that sees a roster player go, or a demotion to Markus Granlund, the only waiver-exempt Flame.