Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman just got back from serving 19 games of a 10-game suspension, and now an injury will sideline him for the remainder of the season. The Flames announced Friday that Wideman injured his tricep in Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
The match was just Wideman’s third game back since getting suspended following his collision with linesman Don Henderson on Jan. 27.
Wideman received a 20-game suspension for that collision, with the NHL ruling that he intended to injure Henderson. Wideman and the NHLPA appealed to commissioner Gary Bettman, who upheld the suspension. They then used the final appeal remaining to them under the current CBA and went to an independent arbitrator, where the arbitrator reduced Wideman’s suspension to 10 games after he’d already sat for 19 games.
It was a slow, frustrating process for Wideman and the Flames.
Now Wideman will have his season cut short. He finishes having played 51 games, scoring two goals and 19 points.
Injury Update: Dennis Wideman will not play the remaining 12 games of the #Flames season due to a tricep injury.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) March 18, 2016
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