Hockey Headlines: Wideman Suspended; Season Over in Montreal?

A collection of the latest news from around the world of hockey:

There’s a chance that no Canadian-based teams will make the playoffs this season. Last year, a whopping 12 American-based teams missed the playoffs, but nobody seemed to notice. [Scrum Sports]

The league has lowered the boom on Dennis Wideman, handing him a 20-game suspension for abuse of an official. [The Guardian], [Sportsnet]

If Wideman was concussed, as his defence suggested, has the NHL’s protocol failed? [The Hockey News]

The Habs lost again last night. Carey Price is nowhere near a return. [TSN]. I knew the team wasn’t as good as their early run suggested, but no one expected them to be this bad, especially their GM. Yes, playing without the best goalie in the world is taking its toll, but they shouldn’t be this terrible. Without Price, the Habs don’t stand a chance. I think the season has been lost in Montreal, and the lack of moves is speaking to that acknowledgment. [Montreal Gazette]

Former Sabres GM Darcy Regier has left his post with the Arizona Coyotes. [ESPN]

The loss of Eric Fehr will be felt on the Penguins penalty kill. [Post Gazette]

Is Jake Gardiner as good as Drew Doughty? [Hockey Buzz]

Brendan Shanahan is happy with the progress of Nazem Kadri. [Hot Stove]

The Leafs have some decisions to make regarding their goaltenders. [Globe and Mail]

Will Connor McDavid’s return spark the Oilers into contention? [Edmonton Journal]. Can Jonathan Drouin help as well? [Copper N Blue]

The expansion draft rules may prove costly for most teams. [Today’s Slap Shot]

Will the Stars finally be able to defeat their nemesis? [Sportsday]

It’s time for Dylan McIlrath to step up. [Rangers Report]

The sight-lines in Brooklyn aren’t so good. [Lighthouse Hockey]

John Scott went out on a high note. [Along the Boards]

And finally, these players deserve a movie deal as well. [THN]