Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman made his case at his disciplinary hearing yesterday, and the NHL did not buy it. Director of hockey operations Colin Campbell handed down a 20-game suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson from behind on Jan. 27.
If he serves that 20-game ban, Wideman will forfeit nearly a quarter of his annual salary.
There may still be a ways to go. Wideman has the right to appeal to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and if Bettman confirms a suspension of at least six games, Wideman can take his case before a neutral arbitrator.