Dennis Wideman suspended 20 games for hit on linesman Don Henderson

Ari Yanover
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.

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Flames assign Mason Raymond to Stockton Heat, recall Jakub Nakladal

Ari Yanover
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.

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Trade market hints in this week's 30 Thoughts

Ryan Pike
February 03 2016 08:00AM

Sportsnet guru Elliotte Friedman pens 30 Thoughts every week. It almost always has interesting tidbits. This week's edition was rather heavy on Calgary Flames discussion, with his "feature" section focusing on Dennis Wideman's hearing with the National Hockey League's Hockey Operations department.

But Friedman also had a couple thoughts related to the Flames as it regards to the trade market.

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What are the Flames' options during Dennis Wideman's suspension?

Ari Yanover
February 02 2016 03:00PM

When Dennis Wideman crosschecked linesman Don Henderson in the Flames' final game before the All-Star break, it almost seemed like an afterthought that it had even happened. There was no immediate reaction to it at all. Wideman wasn't penalized, and he wasn't removed from the game, whether by means of game misconduct or a simple check to make sure that everything was okay upstairs.

Because players never check linesmen. Not the way Wideman did. An accidental collision is one thing; raising your stick to nail an official in the back and send him to the ice for whatever reason - if there even was one - is something else entirely, and something you aren't going to escape punishment on.

Here's the thing, though: we still have no idea just how long Wideman will be suspended for. His disciplinary hearing - which lasted nearly two hours - is over, but we still don't have a concrete number of games for which he'll be suspended.

Wideman is suspended indefinitely, so even if we don't have a number tonight - and Chris Johnston suspects we won't - he still won't be in the lineup for the Flames' return to action tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

It's probably a good bet Wideman will get at least one game (probably more, really), so the timing of the matter doesn't really affect the Flames - except it does, when determining how they want to handle this. Wideman will counts as a roster player during his suspension, which would leave the Flames with just six available defencemen, and possibly some complications with that.

Here's what they can do.

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Mason Raymond on waivers

Ari Yanover
February 02 2016 10:40AM

With Micheal Ferland's impending return and the Flames set to be at 24 roster players, including 15 forwards with him, somebody would have to be sent down. 

Mason Raymond, who has not come even close to living up to his three-year, $3.15 million AAV contract, drew the short straw, as the Flames have placed him on waivers. Raymond was previously waived back in October, before the season began, and went unclaimed. With just four goals and one assist this season, it's unlikely anybody claims him now.

With the Flames needing that roster spot for Ferland, it's almost a guarantee Raymond gets sent down to Stockton, which will provide the Flames with a bit of cap relief ($950K, to be precise). It also means it looks like Markus Granlund is here to stay.

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