Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was initially handed a 20-game suspension for checking linesman Don Henderson in a game on Jan. 27, a punishment upheld upon appeal by commissioner Gary Bettman. But Wideman appealed even further, to an independent arbitrator—a recourse first offered under the last CBA—and today that arbitrator reduced the ban to 10 games. Too bad Wideman’s served almost the entire initial suspension already.
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